D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a drug-abuse prevention program that began in Los Angeles in 1983. It is designed to give students knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of abuse and skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
In Loudoun County, the D.A.R.E. program is taught in fifth grade by deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. A bonus for the program is that the deputies get to interact with students in the cafeteria and on the playground. This gives students the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officers in a positive way. That interaction builds a trust with students and allows them to easily approach law enforcement officers.The D.A.R.E. program had been matched to Virginia’s Standards of Learning. This allowed the program to be cut from 18 to 10 weeks without a duplication of effort.Visit the official D.A.R.E. website to learn more about this program.