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$625,000 goes to help a local group prevent youth substance use

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TAZEWELL (WVVA) – The Substance Abuse Task Force in Rural Appalachia was granted $625,000 in Drug-Free Communities Grants.

"We are not powerless against the challenge of drug use among young people here in Tazewell County." said Sharon Kitts, Director of SATIRA. "Research shows that prevention is the most effective tool we have to reduce the terrible consequences associated with drug use among young people."

SATIRA's goal is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use.

Commonwealth's Attorney, Dennis Lee says, "There are a lot of recovery programs out there such as AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery to help with those that are struggling with an addiction or revering from an addiction but prevent it from the first place is the key."

SATIRA will use this money to add staff, educate the community and limit access to tobacco and alcohol through enforcement efforts and compliance checks.

The director of SATIRA says they are seeking volunteers to help them with this fight and encourage the public to support them by contacting the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in Tazewell.

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