A grant could help bring an educational program about the risks of using drugs to local schools.
Community Health Network received a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Network for the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Addiction. The Community Health Network Foundation is also contributing $100,000.
The money will pay for an educational program geared at sixth- through ninth-graders, and will add a medical assistant at Community’s Medication Assisted Treatment clinics, according to a news release.
All six local public school districts are eligible for their students to participate in the drug education program, Community Health Network spokeswoman Bridget Cleveland said.
Community Health officials will be approaching schools about the program, which focuses on the risks of misusing prescription drugs. Students learn about the risks of prescription pain medicine and heroin use, alternatives to using drugs and alcohol and how to deal with stress and pressure.