MONTPELIER Gov. Jim Douglas announced recently that 23 communities will receive grants to develop, strengthen and maintain substance abuse prevention services throughout the state. 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. These grants will strengthen our DETER (Drug Education, Treatment, Enforcement and Rehabilitation) program by building on the substantial progress we have made in the last few years, and support our communities as the implement clear substance abuse prevention strategies, Governor Douglas said. This community-based prevention strategy allows each community to address their unique needs, while being supported by our coordinated statewide DETER plan. These collaborative efforts promote constructive lifestyles and models that discourage substance use. Were strongly committed to the Governors DETER initiative, because only with consistent and sustained prevention efforts at the community level can we reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among young people," said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. The Strategic Prevention Framework grant will strengthen this existing initiative.