Nov 1, 2013 6:24 AM by AP (MGN Online)
The American Medical Association Foundation is giving $10,000 to Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.
The grant will help create a task force to deliver educational programming focused on reducing prescription drug abuse in teenagers.
North Oaks Health System, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Hammond City Court also will be on the task force.
The grant is from the foundation's Healthy Living Grant Program to educate young people about prescription medication safety.
The foundation said Thursday it was giving more than $240,000 to 30 organizations around the country. It says other projects include youth-led social media campaigns, workshops for health care professionals, parental toolkits, and e-learning modules.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription drug misuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem.