BENTON -- Scott County's war on prescription drug abuse just got a shot in the arm.
Sheriff Rick Walter advised county commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday that his department has received a $10,000 grant to fight prescription drug abuse.
"This is brand new -- nobody has got this but us," Walter said. The grant funding comes from a private source, he said: pharmaceutical companies.
Walter said he heard about the grant while attending a conference on prescription drug abuse and applied for it. The department is free to spend the funding as he sees fit. Walter said: "They said, 'Here it is, do what you need.'"
While he intends to spend some of the money to cover deputy overtime for enforcement operations, "some of it will be for educational purposes," Walter said.
It is fitting that the pharmaceutical companies should lend a hand in fighting prescription drug abuse, according to Walter. "They're selling it -- that's where it's coming from," he said. "I'm going to apply for (the grant) again next year."
In other business Tuesday:
* Commissioners approved the purchase of a 20-ton air-over-hydraulic jack from the low bidder, Dewitt Tools, for $600.
The jack is for the county road and bridge department vehicles.
"Safety-wise it's a better jack than what they're using," Commissioner Ron McCormick said.
Also bidding were Auto and Tire Parts at $699 and Fisher Auto Parts at $689.
* Walter said he will again bring some county jail inmates to Sikeston Saturday to help pick up trash after the Cotton Carnival Parade.
"Last year we had four," Walter said. "I'm going to try to have more this year."
Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said Sikeston Department of Public Safety officials and others in Sikeston have expressed appreciation for the county's help picking up the trash.