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Huntsman seeks money for teen program

Huntsman seeks money for teen program



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Gov. Jon Huntsman is asking the Legislature for more than $700,000 to fund a program aimed at reducing drug and alcohol abuse among juvenile offenders.

The program is called Project Empower, and Huntsman would like to expand it to four more counties.

Weber Human Services officials say the program has helped reduce depression, separation anxiety, anti-social behaviors and suicidality -- all risk factors for dangerous behavior.

For this reason, Utah substance abuse officials would like to expand it for use with young drug users.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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