City of Evansville receives grant to combat drug problems

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The City of Evansville receives one million dollars to come up with solutions to drug problems impacting local youth.

The opioid affected youth initiative award is a three-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Youth First is working with the mayor’s substance abuse task force to identify where there are needs, develop a response, and decide how exactly to use the money.

“It’s a great feeling to know that we’re going to be able to help more kids and families in our community prevent the problem of substance use disorder, protect them from the trauma that is caused when that occurs in at home or in a neighborhood. When we can put the support around them to help them thrive, there’s no better feeling.”

U.S. Senator Todd Young sent Youth First a letter congratulating them on being selected for the grant.

Todd says this is a testament to the effectiveness of their efforts.

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(This story was originally published on November 12, 2019)

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