RI gets $11M to fight youth substance abuse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received an $11 million, five-year grant from the federal government to target the abuse of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs by teens and young adults.

The state’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals announced the award on Wednesday. The money will go toward local community efforts to prevent youth substance abuse.

Statistics from 2011 indicate that 30 percent of high school students in Rhode Island report having consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. More than 6 percent report drinking and driving within the past month.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the money will help enhance efforts to prevent dangerous abuse by some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

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