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City gets drug prevention grant

Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester's Department of Recreation and Youth Services has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant to help prevent kids from getting involved in drugs and alcohol.

Mayor Tom Richards made the announcement Thursday.

The federal Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded a Drug Free Communities support grant to the DRYS' HEART Coalition for a Drug Free Rochester, which will use the funds to support its mission to engage and support city youth in becoming positive role models and influence their peers to make healthy decisions.

"The award of this grant underscores the reality that education is a crucial component of the all-important mission of keeping children away from drugs and alcohol and this administration is actively engaged in that mission," said Mayor Richards.

"The scourge of drug use amongst our local youths threatens not only their lives but their future," said Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, who notified the City of the grant award. "Research shows prevention plays the most important role in reducing drug use."

The grant, which goes into effect October 1, will help fund such activities as alcohol-free and drug-free dances and other social events; children's play workshops to teach healthy lifestyles; and guided family workshops to help parents talk to their children about drugs and alcohol.

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