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StandUp AJ drug-
prevention coalition
receives $96K grant

AJ Independent

Jan 29, 2021

The Tempe Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking and Drug Use has agreed to provide StandUp
AJ with coaching, training and support...

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StandUp AJ was formed in 2020 and replaced a drug-prevention coalition that started serving

Apache Junction in 2008 and dissolved.

Volunteers are needed to join others who range from community members to law-enforcement

officials, educators and National Guard Counter Drug Task Force representatives.

The group meets by Zoom at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month; register at

Follow the group on Facebook @standUPapachejct.

The website is

For more information, contact Shelly Verley at or Arizona National Guard

Counter Drug Task Force representative Sgt. Ashley Thompson at


A $96,594 grant to StandUp AJ comes through the Arizona state opioid response grant, Arizona

Health Care Cost Containment System and the Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona.

The grant provides funding for the Tempe coalition to support the newly formed StandUp AJ in

training, technical assistance and mentoring so StandUp AJ is able to actively participate in the

statewide Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona coalition project for the collective

development, dissemination and evaluation of community-based prevention and education

materials related to fentanyl, counterfeit pills and psychostimulants.

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