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Connecticut organizations get $750K to fight youth drug use

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Organizations in six Connecticut cities and towns will receive a total of $750,000 in federal grant money aimed at preventing addiction among young people.

The grants were announced Friday by the state's congressional delegation. Each organization will receive $125,000 through the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The groups are based in Torrington, Enfield, East Haddam, Naugatuck, Durham and Bridgeport.

A joint statement from the state's two senators and five representatives, all Democrats, says the state is experiencing a ``harrowing scourge'' of drug use and prevention efforts are a step toward safer communities.