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The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council (ESAPC) has been awarded a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Healthy Living Program. This program addresses critical healthy lifestyle issues by providing mini-grants to grassroots community organizations.  Selected projects target youth and address the topics of nutrition and physical fitness, prescription drug safety and violence prevention. The ESAPC was one of 37 grantees across the country that received such a distinction this year. The prescription drug safety projects are supported by an unrestricted grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.

The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council received a $4,800 grant for a project entitled “The Prescription Drug Safety Awareness and Education Program.” This program will impact community youth through awareness and education initiatives with parents and healthcare providers. ESAPC will partner with the City of Evanston’s Health Department to use workshops, trainings, brochure circulation, a Lock Your Meds Campaign, and distribution of medication lock boxes to inform and impact Evanston adults, and ultimately decrease teen access to prescription drugs.

“These Healthy Living Grants provide necessary resources and recognition to those organizations who are on the front lines in their communities, creating change on the local level, said AMA Foundation President Owen Garrick, M.D. “We are pleased to support Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council’s efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse in their community.”

The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council is a grassroots coalition whose mission is to increase the health of Evanston youth by preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use through community level strategies. The coalition is comprised of members representing various community sectors, who meet to assess Evanston prevention needs and implement evidence-based programs and policies. Increased membership is always sought, and is open to any Evanston resident or employee.

The AMA Foundation, a 501©(3) tax-exempt foundation, is committed to improving the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education. Visit www.amafoundation .org to learn more.