Thursday, April 22, 2010

Putnam Program To Benefit From Federal Grant

A substance abuse prevention coalition serving Putnam County will benefit from an $11.5 million federal grant given to the state of Tennessee this year. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health received the grant to reduce alcohol binge drinking among 14 to 25 year olds. It will help fund the coalition over the next five years. The project aims to reverse the upward trend in binge drinking; prevent the onset and progression of substance abuse among 14 to 25 year olds; and strengthen infrastructure at the state and county levels. Officials say they hope to impact the policies, practices, and attitudes that support unsafe alcohol consumption and create a hazard to public safety.