Sixty-four communities nationwide, including three in Iowa, will receive federal grants to prevent and reduce local drug abuse. The awards were made possible through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bipartisan law U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led through Congress in 2016 as then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Every life lost to drugs is a tragedy for the entire community,” Grassley said. “Iowans have told me about the challenges and pain illicit drugs have inflicted on their communities. As our nation faces an ongoing fentanyl crisis, communities continue to feel that pain deeply. I’m encouraged to see CARA continue to benefit Iowans and support local advocates’ work.”

Iowa grant recipients include the Clinton Substance Abuse Council Inc, Mount Vernon Community School District and Vinton Shellsburg Community School District. Each Iowa recipient will receive a $50,000 grant, available as soon as July 1. The Best You Coalition in Keosauqua was awarded grant funds through the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center.

CARA unleashed federal resources to address the nation’s drug epidemic through prevention, education, treatment, recovery and law enforcement efforts. These newly-announced grants are authorized through CARA’s Local Drug Crises Program, which empowers local partners to work together to reduce youth substance use. The awards build on the success of the Drug Free Communities program, which Grassley helped establish in 1997 to combat youth drug use.