The Drug Free Alton Coalition will be able to step up their efforts to curb underage drinking this year after receiving additional funding from the Illinois Department of Human Health Services. The coalition received word last month that they will be awarded nearly $71,000 in grant funding that can be used to boost local substance abuse prevention efforts.

Emily Mangi (Mang) has spent the last year analyzing data with the Drug Free Alton Coalition and says they have identified a few areas they will focus on in 2014.

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Mangi says that the state already has a Social Hosting Ordinance in place but that their goal is to create local measures that are more applicable to our area.

She also adds that community members can get involved with the process by contacting the Drug Free Alton Coalition by calling 205-8143 or by visiting the website on this story at


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