Rhode Island law enforcement officials announced Thursday a $50,000 grant to Rhode Island's first community center for teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center, in Providence, is named after the late founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center and a leader in the movement to bring services and compassion to people coping with addiction.
The money is from restitution payments made to the state by a convicted marijuana grower, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said during a news conference.
"It's only fitting that some of his ill-gotten profits be put towards a program to support youth struggling with substance use disorders," he said in a statement.
Rhode Island ranks sixth in the country for illicit drug use among residents 12 and older, according to the latest 2015-2016 data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. Illicit Drug Use includes the misuse of prescription psychotherapeutics and/or the use of marijuana or other any other illegal drugs.
The SAMHSA data is based on surveys of drug use during the 2015-2016 school year. Rhode Islanders ages 12-17 surveyed about their previous 30-day drug use showed the following national rankings:
· highest in marijuana use
· second-highest for illicit drug
· third-highest for alcohol consumption