- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The top prosecutor in Reno is giving $10,000 in forfeited drug funds to a local program to fight substance abuse in the community.

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks made the donation to Join Together Northern Nevada at a Tuesday meeting dubbed the “Prescription for Addiction” town hall at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hicks says the funds come to his office from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, which obtains it in seizures in drug investigations and prosecutions.

The donation to Joint Together Northern Nevada comes at a time when officials say opioid drug abuse is a growing problem in Nevada and elsewhere in the nation.

Program director Jennifer DeLett-Snyder says the money will fund educational programs, awareness campaigns and prevention programs for children in grades K-12.

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