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DRUG CHIEF LAMENTS DIFFICULTY IN FUNDING TREATMENT EFFORTS

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Federal changes in welfare and Supplemental Security Disability Income will create special challenges in substance abuse prevention, according to Leon PoVey, director of the Utah Division of Substance Abuse.

While many efforts are focusing on prevention, it's getting harder to fund treatment programs for adults who abuse substances, he said.And state officials believe as many as 30 percent of welfare recipients who will be looking for work under welfare reform will need treatment programs to become employable. "We don't have the capacity to do that," PoVey said.

After Jan. 1, adults with drug- or alcohol-related disorders won't qualify as disabled and will lose SSDI payments.