United Way reports 19.5% rise in use of drug-abuse services 8 agencies helped 38,271 in 1990


United Way of Central Maryland has reported a 19.5 percent increase in the number of people receiving substance abuse prevention and treatment services from member agencies last year.

Substance-abuse services reached a record 38,271 people in 1990 through eight agencies, which received a total of $568,000 from United Way, said spokesman Mel Tansill.

The services ranged from individual counseling and substance abuse-related delinquency prevention services to comprehensive family services to prevent suicide, the spokesman said.

Programs ranged in size from the Annapolis Bywater Boys and Girls Club, which provided delinquency, school dropout and abuse prevention services to 350 children, to the Columbia-based Grassroots Inc., which reached more than 17,000 youths and families with services aimed at substance abuse-related suicide prevention, crisis intervention and family life counseling.

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