Interim Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program Evaluation Findings Report

Office of National Drug Control Policy

This analysis finds that use rates for alcohol, tobacco or marijuana in the past 30 days among ninth- through 12th-grade students within DFC communities are significantly lower than national rates, as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Among the findings: Marijuana and tobacco use was 10 percent lower, and average alcohol use was 23 percent lower in DFC communities. The study also found that, while youth drug use has been declining nationally, it has declined more rapidly in communities with DFC coalitions.

The DFC program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that promote citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. There are 769 DFC coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Free, 20 pages. (202) 395-6618,


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