D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a substance use prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.
To equip elementary and junior high students with the skills for recognizing and resisting social pressures to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.
To help students develop self-esteem.
To teach positive alternatives to substance use.
To develop skills in risk assessment and decision making.
To build interpersonal and communication skills.
Our goal is to prevent substance use among school children. The program targets children before they are likely to have been led by their peers to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. By reaching children at an age when they are most receptive to drug prevention education, D.A.R.E. seeks to prevent adolescent drug use and to reduce drug use and to reduce drug trafficking by eliminating the demand for drugs.
Benefits of D.A.R.E.
Studies show identifiable benefits after completion of D.A.R.E. program:
A significant reduction in substance abuse, including cigarettes and alcohol.
A sharp decrease in school vandalism and truancy.
Improved student work habits.
Reduced tension among ethnic groups.
A more positive attitude toward police.
Improved student rapport with teachers and school officials.