COLUMBUS — The Ohio Attorney General's Office recently announced more than $3 million in grant funds to a number of law enforcement agencies across the state for drug use prevention education programs in public schools.
A total of 152 sheriffs' offices and police departments received a portion of nearly $3.1 million in Drug Use Prevention Grant funds. Among the area recipients were:
• The Summit County Sheriff's Office: $77,324
• The Portage County Sheriff's Office: $33,908
• The city of Macedonia: $19,481
• The Streetsboro Police Department: $16,550
• The Stow Police Department: $14,270
• The Brimfield Police Department: $10,013
• The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department: $2,250
The funds must be used to establish or maintain drug abuse prevention education and awareness programs for students during the 2018-19 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," Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "Evidence-based prevention education helps students develop the skills they need to make good decisions, stay drug-free, and live healthier lives."
DARE programs and school resource officer drug use prevention programs were eligible to apply for the grants. All programs must be conducted in cooperation with the public school superintendent of each school district where the programming will take place.