PREVENT! coalition receives federal grant

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A local substance abuse prevention coalition has received a $150,000 federal Drug Free Communities Grant to implement a program in Hazel Dell.

PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County — based out of Educational Service District 112 and the recipient of a $500,000 Drug Free Communities Grant — was one of 20 coalitions across the country to receive an additional $150,000 mentorship grant.

PREVENT! will use the money to mentor the Clark County Drug Action Team in implementing a Drug Free Communities program in Hazel Dell. The goal is for the Drug Action Team to secure its own Drug Free Communities funding down the road.

The Drug Free Communities program facilitates citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts aimed at reducing youth substance abuse.

The Clark County Drug Action Team was formed in 2001 (then called the Clark County Meth Action Team) to address the county’s meth epidemic.