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$10 Million to fight alcohol abuse in Iowa

WATERLOO (KWWL) - The state of Iowa has been awarded $10.5 million to reduce binge and underage drinking, and the problems associated with both.

The funding was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and will be administered by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

IDPH will use a selection process to distribute the money to substance abuse prevention coalitions in counties with the highest rates of underage alcohol use, as well as youth and adult binge drinking.

"At least 30,000 Iowans will directly or indirectly be served through the programs this grant will fund," said IDPH Behavioral Health Division Director Kathy Stone. "In addition, all of Iowa will benefit from the increased health and safety of its citizens."

The grant is organized around the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), which uses the findings from public health research, along with evidence-based prevention programs and policies, to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Iowa will receive $2.1 million dollars in each of the next five years. For more information about Iowa's substance abuse programs, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/bh/substance_abuse.asp.

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