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(COLUMBUS) – More than two dozen local drug task forces in Ohio will receive RecoveryOhio grant funding to support efforts that disrupt the drug trade and promote substance use awareness, prevention, and recovery.
A total of $2 million in grants from Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund will be awarded among 27 existing drug task forces to intensify their efforts to identify high-level drug traffickers, dismantle large drug trafficking organizations, interrupt the flow of money and drugs from international cartels, and prevent the sale of illegal narcotics to those suffering from substance use disorder.
This includes more than $63,000 for the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, which involves Ross, Pickaway, Pike, Fayette, Highland and Hocking counties.
Grant funding will also be used to support the mission of Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative which aims to increase substance use and mental health awareness, implement age-appropriate prevention education in schools, connect those who need help with treatment, and promote recovery.
“Local drug task forces are the first line of defense against the traffickers who are putting drugs into the hands of those battling addiction,” said Governor DeWine. “This funding will provide vital tools in the area of drug use prevention, education, and treatment that will promote effective strategies to reduce the prevalence of substance use disorders and overdoses.”
Examples of programs that will be created or expanded with RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund grants include: