The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) is a 17-week (one hour per week) program for fifth or sixth grade students taught by specially trained uniformed law enforcement officers. D.A.R.E. was created in Los Angeles, California in 1983 to teach pre-teens the skills necessary to resist drug experimentation.
D.A.R.E. lessons focus on providing accurate information about:
- Alternatives to drug use
- Drugs and alcohol
- Showing them how to resist peer pressure
- Teaching students decision-making skills
- Ways to improve self-esteem