The State of Indiana is taking a new approach in combating the opioid crisis.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s of Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Jim McClelland announced on Wednesday morning that the state is teaming up with Youth First to prevent opioid addiction early on.
Gov. Holcomb’s office awarded more than $800,000 to Youth First to grow prevention services in 15 additional Indiana schools across six counties.
10 Youth First social workers will be added in Warrick, Posey, and Daviess County Schools.
McClelland said evidence shows addiction can be tackled head-on at an early age by teaching children healthy coping skills.
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(This story was originally published August 29, 2018)