D.A.R.E. Program


The acronym D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a nation wide curriculum taught in elementary, middle school and high school by certified police officers. The D.A.R.E. program has key elements to successful prevention teaching such as:

  1. Helps students recognize internal pressures, like anxiety and stress, and external pressures, like peer attitudes and advertising.
  2. Develops personal, social and refusal skills to resist these pressures.
  3. Teaches that using drugs, alcohol and tobacco are not normal among teenagers, even if students say that "everyone is doing it."
  4. Provides developmentally appropriate material and activities about the consequences of drugs.
  5. Uses interactive teaching techniques.
  6. Actively involves the family and community.

D.A.R.E. is part of an overall comprehensive effort, and is consistent with the best approach to reduce drugs and violence among our youth.