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Based upon more than 20 years of research by the Drug Resistance Strategies Project about why our youth use drugs, D.A.R.E. America collaborated with Penn State University and Arizona State University to create keepin’ it REAL, a state-of-the-art, middle school substance abuse prevention program.

Grounded in cultural norms, the program teaches youth how to live drug-free lives confidently, drawing on the strengths of the students, their families, and communities.

Like the elementary school curriculum, the acronym “REAL” is the central message of the curriculum and teaches youth four ways to refuse drug offers — Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave. These strategies help youth stay away from drugs by preparing them to act decisively and responsibly in difficult situations.

Evidence Based; Proven Efficacious

The curriculum is evidence-based and has been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial and found to be efficacious. The 10-lesson middle-school curriculum is highly interactive, involves multiple media materials that youth find engaging, and, like the elementary school curriculum, is based on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) principles that fit well with current research and practice in teaching middle-school youth.

The rigorous, scientific evaluations of the D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL curriculum for students in grades six through nine, show students completing the course evidenced a:

  • 32% to 44% reduction in marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol use;
  • 29% to 34% decrease in intent to accept substances; and
  • Reduction and cessation of substance use.

D.A.R.E. Launches Public Service Announcement Campaign

D.A.R.E. America has launched a nationwide PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CAMPAIGN promoting our K-12 Opioid & Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Lessons.

English and Spanish video and audio PSA’s have been distributed to more than 900 media outlets.

York County Sheriff and Superintendent Double Down on D.A.R.E.

A York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office cruiser parked outside the Sheriff's Office in York County. (File Photo Steve Roberts Jr). York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs and York County School Division Superintendent Victor Shandor seek to end the opioid crisis by teaching...

D.A.R.E. Fights Opioid Crisis with New Lesson Plans

SALT LAKE CITY – The anti-drug program D.A.R.E. is tackling the opioid crisis by including it in its curriculum for the first time. Leaders made the announcement at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, known as D.A.R.E., launched...

Opioid Education Added To Athens D.A.R.E. Program

Athens-Clarke County police announced Friday that the D.A.R.E. program would include information about opioids, in addition to existing curricula about drugs. D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, has been taught in Athens-Clarke County for 18 years by law...

D.A.R.E. Program is Evolving

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) -- It use to be called Drug Abuse Resistance Education but now the D.A.R.E. program in north central Wisconsin is evolving into helping students make better decisions. D.A.R.E. now stands for Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate how to respond to...

D.A.R.E. Officers Look to Educate Students on Opioid Addiction

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) - Opioid abuse is a startling problem that D.A.R.E. officers who teach drug education in public schools are trying to change. “It's just become such a problem,” said Brentwood Police Officer Mark Wood. From adults to kids, Wood says they get...

School Resource Officers Continue to See Benefits of D.A.R.E

The D.A.R.E program continues to impact students across the nation. In Central Point it continues to have a positive effect. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program began in the 80's and uses police officers and a school curriculum to give kids warnings about the...

 
 
 
 
 
 

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