Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The History of D.A.R.E.

By: Sarah Michaels

For parents who fear that their son or daughter could wind up experimenting with drugs and end up going down a path that leads to a rehab center or worse, it helps to know that there are programs in our public schools dedicated to educating our children about the dangers of substance abuse. One of the most well known programs in this vein is Drug Abuse Resistance Education, more commonly known to the populace as D.A.R.E. The goal is providing kids with the information that they need to make smart decisions, hopefully eliminating the need for a drug rehab program in the future.

D.A.R.E. was founded almost thirty years ago, back in 1983. At the time, the biggest issue faced by the LAPD was narcotic-related crimes. Los Angeles Police chief Darryl Gates, along with Glenn Levant, believed that the best way to reduce the effect of drug dependency on the nation was not through a rehab program solution, but preparing the next generation to resist the lure. It was decided that police officers in uniform would be the best choice for delivering this message, both due to their experience dealing with drug-related crime and their position as figures of authority.

While D.A.R.E. has not eliminated the need for drug and alcohol rehab, there are many who believe that the program has had a positive impact. The Federal Government recognized this; The Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 resulted in funding for D.A.R.E. programs across the United States. 26 million children in the United States are involved in the program. While there is debate if D.A.R.E. is actually efficient in reducing the likelihood of substance abuse and drug rehab visits, the program is constantly looking to improve the delivery of their message. The websites www.dare.com and www.dare.org receive approximately 12 million visitors a month.

Of course, school programs can only do so much to deliver a message to kids who might not want to hear it. Be sure to talk to your kids about the dangers of drug use at home as well. Hopefully, an addiction treatment program will not be in their future.

About The Author
Sarah Michaels is the General Manager at www.cirquelodge.com. It is easy to donate your unwanted car or vehicle and help children in need. Cirque Lodge is a drug rehab and addiction treatment facility located in Sundance, UT.

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