Drug Abuse Resistance Education

The overarching goal of the entire D.A.R.E. program is to significantly reduce/eliminate the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) and the use of violent behavior by young people.


Students will understand the physical, emotional, social, and legal risks and effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and inhalants on their developing brains and bodies.


Students will compare and contrast the normative beliefs of peers in their classroom with the national data about teen use of ATOD and where dissonance emerges, revise their understandings/beliefs about how many peers do not use ATOD.


Students will expand their knowledge about a variety of positive things to do in their school and community (pro-social behavior) that do not involve the use of ATOD and will choose to engage in those activities rather than use ATOD.


Students will understand that refusal strategies, sound communication skills, and assertiveness and resistance skills are and will be able to apply them in developmentally appropriate ways in a variety of life-like situations.