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Funding approved for juvenile drug court program in Daviess Co.

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The Daviess County Fiscal Court approved funding for a juvenile drug court program in Daviess County on Thursday.

Commissioners saying that funding the program is a good use of tax-payer dollars.

Three years ago, Gary Hall and a group of substance abuse specialists in Daviess County formed the Alliance for a Drug-Free Owensboro.

"We have developed and organized from that point to now where we are addressing gaps and services and supporting the positive strengths in our community," says Hall.

Last year, the city suspended it's search for a new drug officers that the Alliance was helping with and instead used the funds to pay for a local juvenile drug court program.

The county joined in passing funding for the program.

"Statistics back up the belief that if you can get to them at an early age, you have a much better chance at preventing them from becoming a full blown user," says Al Mattingly, a Daviess County Judge Executive.

The county will invest more than $500,000 over the next three years to eliminated drug, alcohol, and other substance abuse among young people in the community.

Hall says a program that works with juveniles and their families to stop substance abuse is a great thing.

"We will be able to pick up where we left off to addressing those youth who are making harmless choices," says Hall.

The Daviess County Fiscal Court will spend $176,000 each year through 2016 in order to fund the court program.

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