In March of 2015, the Rahway Prevention Coalition was launched after a $625,000 Drug Free Communities Support Grant was awarded to the city to aid in the prevention of drug use and abuse. The coalition serves the community by implementing education opportunities, marketing campaigns, and policy changes to combat drug addiction.

The grant, which was awarded in 2014 and will give $125,000 to the coalition annually over five years, has been proven to reduce youth drug use in other communities, according to data from the White House Office of National Drug Control.

In mid-December, The Rahway Prevention Coalition announced that it will partner with Remax 1st Advantage, a New Jersey-based branch of the expansive real estate company Remax. 1st Advantage agents work in and around Rahway, which encouraged them to bring the coalition to the attention of owner and operator Susan Bakes.

Spearheaded by agent Wendy Christow, Remax 1st Advantage organized the partnership in order to obtain pill pods, which reduce prescription drug theft and use by real estate clients who are viewing homes for sale. Pill pods require a combination to open, preventing people touring the homes from taking homeowners’ pills from their medicine cabinets.

The Prevention Coalition has done fantastic things for the community, and the partnership with Remax will further reduce access to drugs in Rahway and surrounding areas.