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updated: 3/6/2013 3:59 PM

DuPage school programs get boost from drug money

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  • DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin speaks Wednesday to students from Heritage Lakes School in Carol Stream about avoiding illegal drugs. At right is police officer Pablo Castro.

       DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin speaks Wednesday to students from Heritage Lakes School in Carol Stream about avoiding illegal drugs. At right is police officer Pablo Castro.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin, left, talks with Paul Boucher, center, and Joe Kish of the Franklin School Skate Club in Wheaton during a grant ceremony Wednesday.

       DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin, left, talks with Paul Boucher, center, and Joe Kish of the Franklin School Skate Club in Wheaton during a grant ceremony Wednesday.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin addresses students, teachers and school administrators Wednesday at a grant ceremony in Wheaton.

       DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin addresses students, teachers and school administrators Wednesday at a grant ceremony in Wheaton.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
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Nearly $18,000 derived from drug busts in DuPage County went to a better cause Wednesday, as prosecutors awarded the funds to 35 local school groups.

The money will assist anti-drug programs such as Red Ribbon and Character Counts, and subsidize related curriculum and scholarships.

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"These programs are the first line of defense in the war on drugs," State's Attorney Bob Berlin said at a ceremony in Wheaton attended by teachers, school administrators and students.

The grants totaling $17,800 were part of the 2012-13 Drug Forfeiture Grant Program headed by the state's attorney's office. Since 1990, the program has given out 542 grants totaling more than $210,000, according to a news release.

More than 16,000 students stand to benefit from this year's awards, officials said.

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