Drug Abuse Resistance Education

The D.A.R.E. program began in Perryville in 1995. The Perryville Police teaches D.A.R.E. in all schools in Perryville and Perry County up to the Fifth Grade. Learning to say "NO" and not feeling you have to go along with the crowd is the essence of the anti-drug program in Perryville. It is a joint project of the schools and the Perryville Police Department.

D.A.R.E. originally began in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. It was designed by educators and law enforcement with the idea that a demand reduction program would educate our young prior to their first encounter with drugs. They are taught how to avoid getting involved with drugs and violent situations in the first place. The program now incorporates anti-violence training in its curriculum. It has proven to be so successful that it has become the most effective and widely used drug education program and is taught in all fifty states and in some foreign countries.

The success of D.A.R.E. can be contributed to the carefully structured curriculum that focuses on topics of concern to our young people, even at a very early age. The instructor of the D.A.R.E. program is a trained, streetwise police officer who is empathetic to and taken seriously by the students. The officers, by their example, become positive role models to the students. While they teach in uniform, their personalities and knowledge quickly break down any preconceived notions of “us” and “them” between themselves and the students. The curriculum teaches the students the consequences of using drugs, how to resist peer pressure, ways to say "no," being assertive, decision-making skills, avoidance of risk taking, and dealing with problems.

The concept is straight-forward and simple - D.A.R.E. to say "NO", this program has grown to include a focus on "over-the-counter" drug abuse.

For questions about the program or for more information, please contact our D.A.R.E. officer at (573) 547- 4546

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Drug Abuse Resistance Education