Drug Free coalition awards funding for substance abuse prevention

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The Drug Free Montgomery County Coalition awarded more than $26,500 in mini-grants Tuesday to agencies serving people with substance use disorders.

The coalition promotes evidence-based programs and policies to reduce drug abuse and supports access to treatment. Members include recovery centers, mental health providers, social services, schools and law enforcement agencies.

Grants support efforts in education and prevention, intervention and treatment and criminal justice and law enforcement.

Funding comes from drug user fees collected by the county.

The following agencies received a grant:

• Montgomery County Health Department — $500 for safe sharps collection and disposal

• National Night Out — $2,200 to offset event expenses. This year’s event is set for Aug. 24 at Milligan Park.

• Recovery Coalition — $4,500 for funding of the Recovery Rec Center

• Integrated Wellness — $550 for the NaloxBox program

• Montgomery County Probation — A total $15,600 for the Juvenile Cognitive Behavioral Program, substance abuse assessment, Veterans Treatment Court, juvenile drug screens, emergency and transitional housing and Drug Court.

Drug Free Montgomery County is the local coordinating council for the Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana.

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