Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide flexibility to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to waive certain requirements in order to ensure that communities are not penalized in the wake of COVID-19. Drug-Free Communities (DFC) is a $101 million grant program that establishes relationships in the community to prevent youth substance abuse. 

“The North Country is home to many Drug-Free Communities grantees, and they are in urgent need of flexibility in order to provide essential services for their surrounding area,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “As substance abuse has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic in many parts of New York State and throughout the country, it is crucial that we provide flexibility and support to the Drug-Free Communities program. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation and look forward to working with my colleagues to support our communities as they recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.”