Sep 27 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES $100,000 FOR WIREGRASS AREA SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced a $100,000 Drug-Free Communities matching grant for the Wiregrass Mental Health Board to be used to help prevent and reduce drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among youth. As chairman of the Transportation, Treasury, and General Government Appropriations subcommittee, the Senator was instrumental in including $70 million for the Drug Free Communities Grant Program so that important programs such as the one in the Wiregrass may compete for funding.

These funds will assist the Wiregrass Mental Health Board in providing substance abuse prevention and education services for youth and young adults in the Wiregrass Area. They will work to reduce substance abuse and combat the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by conducting various campaigns and projects targeted to different age groups.

Sen. Shelby said “I am pleased to make this announcement for the Wiregrass Mental Health Board. These funds will help reduce substance abuse among youth and young adults, and make the community more aware of the dangers of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.”