LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Drug and alcohol abuse is constantly growing in the United States, but the funds for prevention in East Texas are not.
"We barely scratch the surface of the need for prevention services and counseling services," said Phyllis Grandgeorge, the executive director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (A.D.A.C.) of East Texas.
This was proven in a study by the non profit organization "Tobacco Free Kids." They ranked Texas number forty for providing funds to drug prevention agencies.
"More funding would help us meet the really growing need that we see in our community,"said Grandgeorge.
Though East Texas' A.D.A.C. tries to spread as much knowledge as possible to prevent drug addiction, the study says that Texas only gives four percent of what the C.D.C. suggests for these agencies.
"If we had more funding, we would be able to reach a larger audience,"said Grandgeorge.
A.D.A.C. says their partnerships with local organizations give them a break with funding. The one with Temple has allowed them to renovate their building. This will eliminate their rent fees making more money available for the program.