Grant awarded to prevent teen drug abuse

The Quincy Communities that Care Coalition earned a $125,000 yearly federal grant for the next five years to help prevent teen substance abuse. The grant is part of $19.8 million awarded to new Drug-Free Communities Support Program, provided through the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The grants are designed to involve local communities in preventing drug and alcohol abuse among adolescents. Quincy’s coalition started in 2003, and now includes community leaders, parents, young people, teachers, religious organizations, healthcare organizations, businesses and law enforcement, a news release from Grant County Health District said.

Quincy joins 146 other communities getting the new grant, which are added to $59.4 million in continuing grants going to 473 other communities.

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