June 22, 2024 3:09 pm
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North Carolina Allocates Millions to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has announced a significant investment of $6.25 million to bolster youth substance abuse prevention efforts in seven counties. This funding, sourced from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is part of the National Drug Control Strategy. The counties receiving funds include Duplin, Halifax, Hoke, Martin, Robeson, Tyrrell, and Washington, chosen for their high levels of economic distress and elevated substance use rates among youth and young adults.

With over 1.2 million North Carolinians facing substance use disorders, early intervention is crucial. The funds will support various programs aimed at reducing high-risk behaviors such as underage drinking and prescription medication misuse. NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley emphasized the importance of providing preventive care to youth to avert crises and build healthier futures. The initiative underscores the state’s commitment to transforming behavioral health care and ensuring accessible services for all residents.