D.A.R.E. was initiated in 1983 in Los Angeles. Thirty-two years later, D.A.R.E is now in over 70% of the school districts nationwide. D.A.R.E. implementations can also be found in more 50 other nations around the world.
As a Nation, we must work to raise a drug-free and healthy generation of 21st-century leaders. Substance abuse and its consequences have grave impacts on our society—destroying lives, tearing apart families, and introducing drug-related violence to our neighborhoods.
Young Americans especially need the help and support of caring adults to resist pressure to use drugs or engage in other harmful activities.
We must not only continue, but increase prevention activities to reduce youth use of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, as well as prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. This can best be accomplished through prevention education and providing students with skills they can successfully employ in high risk circumstances. Though parents must take the lead in teaching the value of drug-free living, friends, mentors, teachers, and others also have roles to play in helping adolescents understand the dangers of alcohol and drug experimentation, use and abuse. On April 21st, join with D.A.R.E. and others in your community in their support of young people in their efforts to reject the pressures to try illicit substances or engage in other high risk activity.
National D.A.R.E. Day is observed each year on the third Thursday of April. National D.A.R.E. Day serves as an occasion for all to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) curriculums and program, as well as honor the students having graduated from D.A.R.E., their D.A.R.E. Officers, and the schools and law enforcement agencies hosting D.A.R.E.
In 2016, National D.A.R.E. Day will be observed on Thursday, April 21st. Please join with others in the nationwide observance commemorating D.A.R.E.’s thirty-two years of service to students, parents, schools and communities.
D.A.R.E. trains local police officers who in turn serve as a local resource in helping provide to youth education, training and skills to resist peer pressure and refrain from drug use, violence, and other high-risk behaviors.
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