In 2021, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Prevention Strategies completed its three year, multi-longitudinal evaluation of D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL elementary school prevention education curriculum.

The results of that study were submitted for peer review and publication to Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE), an inclusive journal community working together to advance science by making all rigorous research accessible without barriers.

On April 28, 2023, after completing its thorough peer review of the research, this highly respected journal, as well as the National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine, published its research article accepting and reporting the evaluation’s positive findings…

“When compared to virtual control cases, the program had identifiable improvements in both a key psychosocial measure and in terms of deterring the onset of 30-day alcohol use, drunkenness, and vaping. Outcomes suggest that the delivery of elementary school keepin’ it REAL by D.A.R.E. officers is having a positive effect in terms of deterring the onset of alcohol use and vaping.”

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