New Hampshire ranks 5th in the nation for binge drinking and regular marijuana use among young adults. That’s according to numbers released this month by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. But the federal government has awarded some communities grants to focus on prevention.
Eleven New Hampshire organizations were awarded grants this year from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Most were continuations of older awards. But prevention coalitions in Rochester and Nashua won new grants.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that city’s Prevention Coalition will get $125,000 this year. The paper reports one of the group’s key initiatives will be to teach parents how to broach the topic of substance abuse with their kids.
Groups in Hinsdale, Merrimack, Newport, Franklin and Keene were among others to get funding. All told, the Telegraph reports New Hampshire groups will share $1.5 million in funding.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy says grant communities often see a turnaround in drug use—especially among middle schoolers. The office cites a national evaluation that found about a 25 percent reduction in tobacco and marijuana use. And alcohol use by middle schoolers dropped by 15 percent.