4-H to help fight drugs

4-H to help fight drugs

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:01 pm

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee 4-H program has been awarded a $110,000 grant from the National 4-H Council.
The funds will be used for a project that encourages young people to avoid harmful narcotics and resist substance abuse.
“Health Rocks” is taught in many counties statewide where the emphasis is on fighting peer pressure to try illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
The program was first implemented in 2005 in parts of Tennessee. The curriculum was expanded statewide in 2008.
According to a news release from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the program reached 8,500 youth over the last year.
Steve Sutton, director of Tennessee 4-H, said 4-H youths are at the age where they can be educated about dangerous drugs.

Published in The Messenger 5.3.11

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