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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it is awarding 46 grants totaling $22.5 million for substance abuse prevention efforts.

These grants are designed to help states conduct planning activities centered on emerging challenges in preventing substance abuse, Medical News Today reports. The grants also will help states improve data collection, analysis and reporting systems, coordinate services, and provide technical assistance and training.

“These new grants are designed to help states, and better position communities to reach America’s young people before they become involved with alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco and abuse prescription drugs,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.

The grant program is part of SAMHSA’s Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Strategic Initiative. A listing of the grant awards is available on the SAMHSA website.

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