The federal Office of National Drug Control Policy is awarding $2.25 million in grants to Maine health groups and government entities to help prevent youth drug abuse.

Maine U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say $1.125 million of the funding will be allocated for nine new grant awards. The rest will be sent to nine projects around the state that have previously received money from the drug control policy office.

The recipients include Healthy Lincoln County, Casco Bay CAN and Sanford Strong Coalition.

Collins, a Republican, and King, an independent, say the funding will help support coalitions that fight the state’s growing opioid abuse epidemic.

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