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Idaho Gets Federal Money To Fight Substance Abuse

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The federal government is chipping in another $1.5 million annually over the next five years to help Idaho's efforts to fight substance abuse.

The state Office of Drug Policy announced the total $7.5 million grant on Monday.

Elisha Figueroa, administrator of the Office of Drug Policy, says the cash will help bolster community-level substance abuse prevention strategies and improve Idaho's prevention infrastructure.

She says this money will nearly double the prevention funds going out to Idaho communities. That's where Figueroa says efforts are most effective at reducing drug and alcohol abuse.

In particular, the money will go to prevent and reduce substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking.