(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that 201 local law enforcement agencies across the state will receive $3.5 million in funding for drug use prevention programs through the Attorney General’s Drug Use Prevention Grant.
The grants support school-based programs that educate students about drug abuse and provide them with the tools they need to make smart decisions. The money can be used by law enforcement agencies to fund up to 50 percent of the base pay of officers who work on these programs.
“Local law enforcement need every tool available to them to help fight illicit drug use,” said Attorney General DeWine. “This funding will help law enforcement protect Ohio children from the dangers of drugs – especially with the increase in prescription drug abuse across the state.”
This year’s grants will support the efforts of 348 peace officers in 63 counties working with an estimated 366,773 students. The money will be distributed to the agencies in equal, semi-annual payments.
Funding for the grants comes from drivers license reinstatement fees collected from convicted drunk drivers when their driving privileges are restored.
A full list of 2011 recipients and award amounts is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.
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List of 2011 Drug Use Prevention Grant recipients