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$627k Grant Awarded to Fight Heroin and Drug Abuse in Cortland County

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A Cortland coalition that works reduce drug abuse and promote healthy behaviors in the community has been awarded over $627 thousand dollars to combat heroin and other drugs.

The Cortland Area Communities That Care Coalition (CACTC) has been awarded $627,300 with the goal of reducing drug abuse among 12-25-year-olds in Cortland County.

The money comes from the State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Cortland County was one of ten communities to receive the funding.

CATC Project Manager Mat tWhitman says over the next four years the money will be used to continue programs such as the annual prescription drug take-back initiative. Some of the funds will go towards enhanced police patrols targeting drug enforcement.

The money will also be used to train local service providers in the use of anti overdose drug NAR-CAN.

Over the past few years, drug abuse has become a serious issue in Cortland County. From January to October of 2014 the State Poison Control Center received 10 calls from Cortland County healthcare institutions reporting heroin overdose, that’s one of the highest rates among upstate counties.

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