National Guard targets Carroll for drug effort


The Maryland National Guard wants to spread its anti-drug and -alcohol efforts in Carroll County, implementing a prevention program at the high schools and beginning an after-school program for at-risk middle school children, officials say.

The effort, which could begin in September, is contingent on receiving a federal grant and the approval of Carroll County school officials, said Lt. Col. Robert L. Finn, who works for the National Guard's director of military support to civil authorities.

The program for high schools would be offered in each grade to supplement teachers' efforts to combat abuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, Finn said.

The middle-school program, called ABOUT FACE, would be similar to one in Florida.

A modified version of the program has been used for two years at Fallstaff and Garrison middle schools in Baltimore and at Deep Creek and Stemmers Run middle schools in Baltimore County, said Brig. Gen. Larry McBee, project director.

The programs in Maryland cost about $80,000 annually for each jurisdiction, McBee said. With 75 percent of the cost paid by federal Justice Department grants, the Maryland National Guard enlists private and community support for the remaining portion.

It would be free to schools and student participants, he said.

That the National Guard is devoting attention to Carroll County is not surprising. McBee and Finn live there.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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