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Grants to Help Meth, Inhalant Abuse Programs

SAMSHA Awards Funding to 12 Prevention Programs

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Updated October 08, 2003

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded grants to begin funding 12 methamphetamine and inhalant prevention programs sites in 11 states.

The initial awards will total $4,029,528, and are expected to be renewed at that level for two additional years. The total for three years amounts to over $12 million.

Seven out of ten abusers of inhalants - which can include such common substances as glue, gasoline, and household chemicals - are under the age of 18. Methamphetamine abuse has been spreading east from Hawaii and the West, and is a serious addiction problem on the West Coast, in the Mountain States and part of the Midwest. Both problems are increasingly found in small towns and rural areas. The SAMHSA awards will be renewable depending on outcomes and availability of funding.

"These grants will fund local efforts to expand the capacity of public and private health care, educational, and community organizations to address the abuse of methamphetamine and inhalants, especially by young people," SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie said.

Grantees include:

Lucas City Community Prevention Partnership (Toledo, Ohio) - The program will develop support services, and focus on prevention education training for court staff, police, detention center staff, and others providing services to youth.

Luz Social Services (Tucson, Ariz.) - The program will focus on the danger posed by inhalant abuse among barrio children and their families, improve inhalant prevention services, and foster community mobilization on inhalant related issues.

YMCA of Honolulu (Honolulu, Hawaii) - The program will focus on community-based intervention to prevent inhalant and methamphetamine use among Asian and Pacific Islander adolescents between the ages of 11-14.

Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) - The program will employ a school-based strategy designed around daily prevention classes which focus on inhalant and methamphetamine use (which are rapidly becoming drugs of choice among rural youth).

University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, Mo.) - The program will strengthen the ability of a group of faith-based organizations in Southeast Missouri to provide services designed to prevent abuse of methamphetamine or inhalants among young rural adolescents.

University of Arizona (Guadalupe, Ariz.) - The program will develop an infrastructure to promote prevention of inhalants and methamphetamine use among an American Indian community ranging in age from 13 to 52 years, but focusing on adolescents.

Oregon Partnership (Portland, Ore.) - The program will use filmmaking, community outreach, and other creative interventions in a school-based project to reduce youth substance abuse.

New England Institute of Addiction Studies (Augusta, Maine) - The program will bring together efforts by five New England state prevention authorities to strengthen the capacity of those states to prevent inhalant abuse.

Bucks County Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (Doylestown, Pa.) - The project will work to enhance the ability of school, juvenile justice, mental health personnel and parents to recognize signs of youth inhalant and methamphetamine use and refer youth for intervention.

Center for Success and Independence (Houston, Texas) - The program will bring together four local service agencies to provide outreach services to youth ages 12-25 at risk for methamphetamine and inhalant abuse.

Reno-Sparks Tribal Council (Reno, Nev.) - The project proposes to develop expanded methamphetamine and inhalant prevention services for Native American youth between the ages of 6 and 18, young adults and parents.

Border Area Mental Health Services (Silver City, N.M.) - The program will combine school-based prevention in elementary and middle schools, community-based services, and home-based family support services.

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