AG Healy Awards Opioid Prevention Grants for LST
MARLBOROUGH – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called for more opioid prevention and treatment programs to help end the epidemic that is ravaging the country, state and region.
Citing a statistic that 90 percent of adults with a drug or alcohol addiction started when they were under 18 years old, Healey stressed the need for an influx of youth education programs to teach students of all ages about the dangers of opioid use and addiction.
“Getting to young people at an earlier age is where it’s at and a good investment,” Healey said during a roundtable discussion with city and local leaders at Marlborough High School Wednesday. “... We know what could happen if we don’t reach kids in time.”
Healey’s office recently awarded $700,000 in grants to support school-based prevention education initiatives to address opioid dependence and addiction. Marlborough received a $20,000 grant to bring the Botvin LifeSkills Training program and curriculum to more than 1,500 students in grades 4-8. An adult program will complement the student program. The grant will also fund the hiring of a part-time licensed alcohol and drug counselor at Hildreth School and Marlborough High, said Superintendent Maureen Greulich.
“There’s no greater issue affecting families in our state than this crisis,” Healey said.
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