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Daviess Co. Seeking Grant For Drug Prevention Task Force
Updated June 25, 2015 8:25 AM
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(WASHINGTON) - A Drug Prevention Task Force is working to receive a grant to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Daviess County.

Teaming up with different groups such as the Daviess Community Hospital, Southwest Indiana Meth Alliance, the Local Coordinating Council, Samaritan Center, the task force will coordinate an effort in lowering the substance abuse problem for area youth.

A subcommittee is in the process of developing a prevention coalition group for the grant.

The potential grant calls for 12 specific sectors to be represented, including: youth, parents, business, media, school, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, civic/volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state, local, or a tribal governmental agency with expertise in the field of substance abuse, and another organization involved in reducing substance abuse.

Officials are hoping to have all the sectors filled by August 1.

Back in 2013, the hospital conducted a needs assessment to identify the six top priorities, and youth drug and alcohol abuse was one area that needed addressed. Subcommittees were formed to address each of the main needs in the community. The new task force is now meeting once a month to discuss a plan action to tackle the issue.

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