CLINTON — An organization in Clinton is being recognized with a state award for its efforts to reduce substance abuse in the community. The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy presented an IDEA award to the Gateway ImpACT Coalition of Clinton.

Director of the state office, Steve Lukan, said the award recognizes the Gateway Impact Coalition’s efforts at building coalitions in the community to address prescription drug abuse with the collection of prescription medications, getting children out of drug endangered environments and overall drug abuse prevention efforts. He called the organization “a great example for others to follow.” He added “they wanted to use the award to highlight the local partnerships they’ve forged.”

The award was presented during the annual breakfast of the Gateway ImpACT Coalition attended by community leaders.

The IDEA award — which stands for Innovation, Determination and Excellence in Action — is presented annually to one organization and one individual for their public service efforts.

This year’s individual honoree will be named later.

The Gateway ImpACT Coalition, formerly known as the Clinton Substance Abuse Council, was formed in 1989.


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