D.A.R.E.’s Fentanyl & Opioid Prevention Education Program Includes:

Included are Community Presentations for all Law Enforcement and Classroom Lessons for DARE Officers 

The Drug Enforcement Administration calls Fentanyl “the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered.”OThe CDC reported 107,375 deaths due to drug overdoses in 2021.O67% of those deaths involved Fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.

Multiple states have begun to introduce and enact new laws requiring Fentanyl prevention education to be presented in all schools, in some cases, annually to students in all grades. 

Key Addiction Points You Need to Know

Key Addiction Points You Need to Know

Substance use disorder (SUD) is the nation’s most pressing public health challenge, and the most urgent SUD in 2024 is opioid abuse and dependency. According to the CDC, more than one million people have died since 1999 from drug overdose…

Old Lyme Officer Revives D.A.R.E. Program After Two Decades Hiatus

Old Lyme Officer Revives D.A.R.E. Program After Two Decades Hiatus

Officer Stephen Hackett of the Old Lyme Police Department is set to become the town’s first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) instructor in over two decades. With a new focus on skill-building, the updated D.A.R.E. program aims to empower the town’s youth to make responsible choices.

Mental Health Stigma: Life or Death

Mental Health Stigma: Life or Death

The pervasive stigma against people with addictions, particularly opioid use disorder (OUD), is a major problem requiring urgent attention in the United States. Stigma is likely at least part of the reason why only 1 in 5 individuals with opioid dependence receives…

D.A.R.E. Returns to Conway, Missouri

D.A.R.E. Returns to Conway, Missouri

The Conway Elementary School D.A.R.E. Graduation was held on January 25, 2024. Fifty-seven students successfully completed the program. Deputy Jesse Sherrer of the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office did a great job teaching them good decision-making skills to help his...

150-Plus Students Graduate Russell D.A.R.E. Program

150-Plus Students Graduate Russell D.A.R.E. Program

Russell Elementary students graduated from the D.A.R.E. program at Russell-McDowell Intermediate School on Monday. About 153 fifth-grade students — all wearing white shirts that read “keep kids off drugs” — filled the gymnasium early afternoon Monday to be recognized...

Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program at Mary Queen of Peace

Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program at Mary Queen of Peace

Four classes at Mary Queen of Peace in Mount Pearl have graduated from the RNC’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The ten-week series of classroom lessons, led by an RNC officer to grade six students, teaches children how to live productive drug-free and...