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Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., announced $733,068 in federal funding for community organizations throughout West Virginia to prevent and reduce substance abuse among young West Virginians.

The funds come from the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug-Free Communities grant program with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The West Side Ward 4 Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in Institute will receive $108,222 and Kanawha Communities That Care in Charleston will receive $124,846.

The four West Virginia coalitions are set to receive $125,000 awards are the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in Wheeling, Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention in Weirton, Morgan County Partnership, Inc. in Berkeley Springs and the Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition in Ripley.

Rockefeller said the federal agencies helped establish drug take-back day and prescriber training in West Virginia.

"It's clear that our communities are in need of meaningful investments in prevention efforts targeted at reducing substance abuse among our youth," Rockefeller said. "I'm so glad this grant funding was awarded in our state — it will help build on these initiatives that are critical to the health and well being of our youngest West Virginians."

Manchin said substance abuse has become one of the most critical problems facing West Virginia's communities and families.

"We have a responsibility — especially to our future generations — to combat this national drug abuse epidemic head on," Manchin said. "Every step we take to make sure these drugs don't get into the wrong hands is a step toward curbing substance abuse.

"This program will add to the FDA's recent efforts and will focus on bringing our communities together to address this serious challenge to facilitate drug prevention efforts."