SAMHSA Grant Helps Fight Drug and Alcohol Abuse
A grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will help a new program in North Carolina fight alcohol and drug addiction. The $300,000 annual SAMHSA grant will help fund treatment to teenagers in rural York County who previously could not access help because of lack of transportation. The “Stepping Up” program from Keystone Substance Abuse Services will help teenagers in York County with treatment needs by putting three clinicians into the community and schools.
“We’ll be all over the place in the community, in school,” said Keystone Executive Director Janet Martini. “We want to get to the youth while they are still engaged in school.”
Martini said teenagers who begin abusing drugs and alcohol are four times more likely to develop an addiction than when their brains are fully developed in their 20s.