Hampshire County D.A.R.E. Program
What Is               ???
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a drug
abuse prevention education program designed to equip elementary,
and middle school children with knowledge about drug abuse, the
consequences of abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure to
experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Based on the premise that
prevention is the only long-term answer to drug abuse, the program
includes all 50 states and 53 countries. The D.A.R.E. program is taught
in over 75% of the nation’s school districts, creating a positive
atmosphere for students to interact with uniformed law enforcement

This unique program uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach
a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting.

D.A.R.E. provides life-skills

D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:

  • Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol and
  • Teaching students good decision-making skills.
  • Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure.
  • Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use.

D.A.R.E officers work with children to raise their self-esteem, teach
them how to make decisions on their own, and help them identify
positive alternatives to drugs. Through role-playing, the D.A.R.E.,
curriculum emphasizes the negative consequences of drug use, and
reinforces the skills to resist peer pressure and intimidation.

What D.A.R.E. is NOT

  • Scare tactics - D.A.R.E. relies on accurate information and a
    straight-forward approach.

  • A "Witch Hunt" - D.A.R.E. Officers NEVER encourage students
    to "turn in" family or friends who may be breaking the law.
            D.A.R.E. students are taught to say "someone I know . . . "  
            when sharing stories; never using real names.

  • "Hands on drugs" - How drugs are used (methods) are not
    taught. Drugs are never taken into a classroom as part of
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