Three area Sheriff's Departments are among 150 law enforcement agencies around Ohio to share in about three-million dollars in grants for drug use prevention education programs in public schools.
The funding goes to police and sheriff's offices to create or maintain such programs. The recipients' programs have to include education about preventing abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
The grant opportunity was open to D.A.R.E. programs and school resource officer drug use prevention programs.
Locally, the Ross County Sheriff's Office will receive $15,900. The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office is getting $20,042, and the Madison County Sheriff's Office will get $20,358.