Millions Awarded for Drug Use Prevention Education in Schools

(Ohio) – The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is announcing that more than $3 million in grant funds are being awarded to a number of law enforcement agencies across the state for drug use prevention education programs in public schools.

A total of 152 sheriff’s offices and police departments will receive a portion of the $3,098,808 in Drug Use Prevention Grant funds announced this week. Officials explained that the funds must be used to establish or maintain drug use prevention education and awareness programs for students during the 2018-2019 school year.

Grant recipients are required to include over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse prevention education in their programs. “Age-appropriate substance abuse prevention education every year, at every grade level is key,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Evidence-based prevention education helps students develop the skills they need to make good decisions, stay drug-free, and live healthier lives.”

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.

Grant recipients in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties are as followed:

Stark County

Louisville Police Department – $17,443.20

Perry Township Police Department – $22,497.28

Stark County Sheriff’s Office – $170,558.50

Tuscarawas County

Uhrichsville Police Department- $2,338.80

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office was one of the top grant recipients coming second only to the Westlake Police Department, which received $170,870.40.

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, Unique You, Too Good For Drugs, Reach Out Now, and Stay on Track.

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