O’Mara, Zabel and Williams applaud nearly $70K grant awarded to Delaware County Community College to fight opioid crisis

MEDIA, Jan. 8 – State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara, Mike Zabel, both D-Delaware, and Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that Delaware County Community College has been awarded $68,988 in federal grant money to expand opioid preventive programs and create naloxone training opportunities for students.

Delaware County Community College is one of 13 higher education institutions throughout the commonwealth to receive this grant, and its funds will benefit both the Marple and Downingtown campuses.

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the awards, which his administration procured from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Projects developed from the infusion will focus on raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose training and grief support. The grant prescribes that initiatives will be built with local partners specialized in fighting the opioid epidemic within the community.

“With this money, we can sow community-first prevention resources locally tuned to Delaware County Community College,” O’Mara said. “I’m grateful that our communities were selected to receive this competitive award, as there is need all across the commonwealth for these life-saving services.”

"This fight against the opioid epidemic is so important, and not just for those who are addicted,” Zabel said. “That's why I applaud the Wolf administration and all who helped bring this funding to DCCC. The disease of addiction affects family and friends, too, and this funding will raise awareness, reduce stigma and help train students in the best ways to participate in the fight against opioids."

“Each and every step we can take to combat the disease of addiction is a positive step forward. These grants will serve our community well by tackling opioid abuse early with our students,” Williams said. “My thanks to the governor for these awards.”

For more information about the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.