Group gets $1.25 million to fight substance abuse

A Norwood group charged with fighting substance abuse has been awarded a federal grant worth $1.25 million over 10 years.

“Our goal is to make Norwood a safe and drug-free place for our youth,” said Sigalle Reiss, the town’s public health director and chairwoman of Impact Norwood, in a statement. The group was one of 719 receiving grants totaling $89 million as part of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

Impact Norwood must reapply after the fifth year to secure the second half of the money. Its members include town staff, youth, parents, community leaders, and business and faith-based organizations.


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