The Dublin and Westerville police departments are among 130 law enforcement agencies to receive grant funding from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that he is awarding $2,742,649 in grant funds to agencies across the state for drug use prevention education programs in public schools. The Drug Use Prevention Grant funds must be used to establish or maintain drug abuse prevention education and awareness programs for students during the 2017-2018 school year.
The Dublin Division of Police received a grant in the amount of $23,881. The grant awarded to the Westerville Division of Police totaled $23,391.50.
The AG’s office awarded $114,568.60 to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Marysville Division Of Police received $4,191.25. The New Albany Police Department was awarded $35,532. The Reynoldsburg Division Of Police received $31,485. The Grove City Division Of Police was awarded $44,758.56.
Grant recipients are required to include over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse prevention education in their programs.
“The abuse of prescription drugs is one of the primary reasons behind the current opiate epidemic in Ohio, which is why it’s important that students receive age-appropriate lessons about the dangers of these and other drugs at an early age,” said DeWine.
D.A.R.E. programs and school resource officer drug use prevention programs were eligible to apply for the grants, and all programs must be conducted in cooperation with the public school superintendent of each school district where the programming will take place.
The Drug Use Prevention Grant Fund supports programs such as Botvin LifeSkills, D.A.R.E.-Keepin’ It Real, PALS (Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles), I’m Special, Too Good For Drugs, Reach Out Now, and Stay on Track.
A full list of the award recipients can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.