Attorney general makes grants to prevent drug abuse

05.05.2017

By Felice J. Freyer 

GLOBE STAFF  

Attorney General Maura Healey is distributing $700,000 to school districts and community organizations across the state to provide programs intended to prevent substance abuse among youth.

“We will never get control of this epidemic until prevention becomes a priority,” Healey said in a statement. Opioid overdoses kill more than five people every day in Massachusetts; more than 5,000 have died of overdoses in the past three years.

Healey visited Braintree on Monday to announce a $20,000 grant to Braintree Public Schools and $13,000 to Weymouth police from her Youth Opioid Prevention Grant Program.

The schools will develop an antidrug curriculum for fifth-graders and provide additional training for staff. The Weymouth police plan to hold a prevention program for middle-schoolers.

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