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Drug Free Marion County to Find Answers to Local Addiction Issues

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Marijuana use by Marion County 8th graders is significantly higher than state and national figures and arrests for drug offenses by juveniles increased for the first time since 1999, according to information released during the annual meeting of Drug Free Marion County.

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The marijuana use and drug offense arrest data are part of a yearly snapshot of drug and other alcohol use in Marion County produced by Drug Free Marion County. Also during the annual meeting, more than $137,000 in grant funding to local programs, services and community agencies will be announced. The grant fund is comprised of alcohol and other drug offender fees collected in Marion County.

Drug Free Marion County also announced its Strategic Plan. The significant problems addressed in the plan are:

  • The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youth in Marion County continues to be above regional and state averages.
  • Parents are not aware of the level of youth substance use in Marion County.
  • Increase the available detox services for individuals with limited financial resources.
  • The number of individuals who complete treatment is directly impacted by their unmet functional needs, and
  • Use of alcohol and drugs is a major contributor to crime in Marion County.

Four community awards were presented at the meeting. The Community Service Award went to Michael Morgan of Mikotech. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Connie Hines, Drug Education Coordinator for the MSD of Washington Township and to Indianapolis resident Dan Crowe. The Youth Advocate Award was presented to Pike High School student Tre Hall and the Parent Advocate Award went to Marissa Manlove, CEO of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance.