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Bloomington-Normal parents' group gets grant renewal for anti-drug work

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BLOOMINGTON — BN Parents, a community coalition working to reduce youth substance abuse through parent-teen communication, has received a $125,000 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The grant renewal was announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.

"This will be the fifth funding year," said Lori Laughlin of Chestnut Health Systems. BN Parents is facilitated by Chestnut and BN Parents' community project coordinator is Liz Hamilton, a Chestnut employee.

"BN Parents has used Drug-Free Communities Grant dollars to deliver anti-drug and alcohol messaging to local high school students and their parents for the past four years," Hamilton said in a statement. "These efforts have proven successful. We are thankful to receive this continued funding to address the growing prevention needs of our community."

Davis said, "The staff and volunteers at BN Parents do a tremendous job empowering parents with the tools they need to keep their kids drug- and alcohol-free. I'm proud to see the organization awarded these funds, which will allow them to continue building on their success."

The Drug-Free Communities program was developed to support communities as they work to prevent youth use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs.

Contact Paul Swiech at 309-820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech.


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