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Drug Free Communities grants to continue in SE Mo.

WASHINGTON (KFVS) -

The Office of National Drug Control Policy will continue to fund two drug free grants in Southeast Missouri.

According to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08), a $125,000 grant will be made to SEMO Prevention in Sikeston and a $150,000 grant will go to the YOuth Substance Abuse Coalition of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau.

"We must fight back against the epidemic of drug abuse at every level of government, but the most effective messengers are the local voices in our own communities," said U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08). "In order to keep our communities an dour children safe from the scourge of drugs, we must count on education above all things. I am very proud that these two organizations continue to earn the trust and support of ONDCP, and I wish them well in their very important mission."

Emerson said she has seen the spread of stimulants spread significantly through the region.

This has prompted her to introduce legislation that will include several dangerous chemicals under the "Controlled Substances Act" in an effort to aid law enforcement.

"The fact of the matter is that no one, not the dealer, not the user, not the maker of these illegal drugs knows what the effect will be when one of our children puts them into their body," Emerson added. "In order to stop this reckless endangerment of our kids' lives, we must use every available resource on education and enforcement."

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