Drug-prevention grants awarded

Gov. Jim Douglas announced that 23 communities will receive grants to develop, strengthen and maintain substance abuse prevention services throughout the state. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes and the Addison County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition in Middlebury have been named local grantees. The governor said each community will receive up to $68,000 for this fiscal year, with the option of continuation funding based on project milestones. The grants will impact underage drinking and high-risk alcohol and marijuana use by Vermonters age 25 and younger. After a comprehensive review of Vermont data on the consumption and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, the following priorities for the grants were determined: Reduce youth alcohol use; Reduce high-risk drinking among persons under the age of 25; Reduce marijuana use among persons under the age of 25. Prevalence rates among 18-to-25 year-olds for alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and marijuana use in Vermont has declined in the past 10 years, but continues to be well above national averages.

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