About Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program was developed in the Unified School District of Los Angeles in 1983. Educators and psychologists designed the curriculum, with police officers acting as contributors. In 1988, Minnesota law enforcement agencies began to receive training to teach the D.A.R.E. program.
D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:
- Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
- Teaching students good decision-making skills
- Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure
- Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use
The D.A.R.E. program strives to deliver drug and crime prevention information to students by using uniformed officers in the classroom. As part of these efforts, the D.A.R.E programs has incorporated a philosophy that encourages youth to examine their decisions in the long term. As the program has adapted and changed during the years, D.A.R.E. is transforming to mean Define, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate. The goal to help our children avoid the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse remains central to the purpose of this program.
For more information, please visit the Drug Abuse Resistance Education website, or contact the Public Safety Services Division at 651-266-7300.