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Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College join drug prevention effort

KEENE — Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University have joined a collaborative effort to prevent substance misuse.

Monadnock Voices for Prevention, the Regional Public Health Network for Substance Misuse Prevention and Cheshire County are also part of the Monadnock region effort that is funded by a state grant.The Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success II Grant is a three-year grant totaling $3.6 million, which has been spread to different projects throughout the state.

Funding began in Oct. 2012 and ends in Sept. 2015. The primary goal of the grant is to leverage the state&#';s existing prevention system structures and its resources to impact substance use among high need populations, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.Cheshire County is administrating the Monadnock area grant, said Polly Morris, the regional network substance misuse prevention coordinator for the project.

The primary purpose of the grant is to create awareness around substance misuse and create substance misuse policies on campuses and implement prevention strategies, Morris said.The secondary purpose of the grant is to build a positive relationship between the campus and its community, by especially eliminating negative stereotypes associated with college students, Morris said.&#';Because they can both be a benefit for each other,&#'; she said.

When the grant ends in 2015, &#';hopefully each campus will have built some practices and polices into place so the sustainability of the project will last forever,&#'; Morris

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