State offering grants for drug prevention programs

The funds will aid efforts beginning on or after Sept. 1, 2016, and ending Aug. 31, 2017.

“It’s important that we deliver ongoing drug prevention information to students that is appropriate for their age and grade level, so they can make smart decisions,” DeWine said in a release. “I hope law enforcement agencies across Ohio will take advantage of these resources in their continuing efforts to protect young people.”

Several kinds of programs are eligible for funding, including D.A.R.E. Keepin’ it REAL, Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles, Too Good for Drugs, Botvin Life Skills, Reach Out Now and Stay on Track.

Programs not on the approved list may be considered if additional information demonstrating their effectiveness is submitted.

The programs must be presented by a D.A.R.E. officer or school resource officer for public school students. Summer programs off school grounds but in conjunction with a public school may be considered.

Grants cover up to 50 percent of an officer’s salary conducting drug use prevention in public schools, in addition to some other expenses.

Complete guidelines and the application process can be found at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/DrugUsePrevention.

The application deadline is April 15.

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