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Utah Gets Share of $36.6M Anti-Drug Fund

Utah Gets Share of $36.6M Anti-Drug Fund

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U-S Department of Justice announced Utah will get nearly 250-thousand dollars for drug-treatment programs.

It's in an effort to break the link between crimes and drugs.

The money is part of a 32-point-six (M)million dollar nationwide award from the department's Office of Justice Programs.

The funds will be used for treatment programs in residential facilities operated by state and local correctional agencies.

Data collected from the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that 70-percent of inmates have been arrested or convicted of a drug offense or have used drugs on a regular basis.

It also showed 36-percent of inmates were under the influence of drugs at the time they committed crimes. While 16-percent reported committing crimes in order to get money for drugs.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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