About 130 community substance abuse programs will be evaluated during the next three years to determine "what works" in preventing abuse among high-risk youth.

The programs have been funded by the U.S. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) under a three-year, $66 million demonstration grant project. In August, OSAP announced the signing of a three-year, $2.8 million contract with Macro Systems, Inc. of Silver Spring, Md., to evaluate the effectiveness of the local programs.

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