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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. in 2019 – It’s Science & Evidence-Based Curricula

D.A.R.E. in 2019 – It’s Science & Evidence-Based Curricula

Read an article about D.A.R.E. by Richard Clayton, Ph.D., former Chair of Health Education and Health Promotion in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. For more than 20 years, he was the director of the federally funded Center for Prevention Research

‘Keepin’ it … REAL’ in Madison County Schools

‘Keepin’ it … REAL’ in Madison County Schools

D.A.R.E. Officer Darren Dyer makes his rounds talking with students during their lunch period at Maple Ridge Elementary School. Dyer currently teaches the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to nine schools within the county…

From Kinder to Grade 12, Kids to Get Drug Education

From Kinder to Grade 12, Kids to Get Drug Education

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has given the go signal for the Department of Health (DOH) to educate school children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 about the ill effects of taking illegal drugs…

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

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.

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

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...

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