HARRODSBURG - A local drug prevention coalition will receive an additional $100,000 to be used help make kids more aware of the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
Dr. Earl Motzer, chairman of Mercer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, said the agency is ready to go to work with the new federal money.
"We are excited about the opportunity to continue the programs we have in place and expand into new areas, Motzer said. "Our programs have reached every student currently in grades 7-12 in the three public schools in Mercer County."
The representatives of the coalition also give parent and community-focused presentations to churches, civic, business and school groups.
"Even though we educate students at school about the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, this message must be reinforced at home," Motzer said. "To do that we must make parents more aware of substances and how to prevent their kids from using them. Parents don't always realize how big an effect they can have on their children's decisions."