D.A.R.E is a program that targets elementary children (fifth grade) before they are likely to have used alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful drugs. By reaching children at an age when they are most receptive, project D.A.R.E. seeks to prevent adolescent drug use and to reduce drug trafficking by eliminating the demand for drugs.
D.A.R.E. lessons focus on four major areas through a structured, sequential curriculum:
- Providing accurate information about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
- Teaching students decision-making skills
- Showing students how to resist peer pressure
- Giving students ideas for alternatives to drug use