Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

Last Updated: August 13, 2018

Definition - What does Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) mean?

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was formed in 1983 in Los Angeles, California in an effort to fight the war on drugs.

The program was designed to prevent the use of drugs, reduce gang membership, and curb violence. Students who join the program must sign a pledge that states they will not use controlled substances or join gangs. Local police officers head up the program.

MaximumYield explains Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has gained popularity and is now a worldwide phenomenon. Currently, 36 million children around the world have joined D.A.R.E.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education has been implemented in approximately 75 per cent of the schools in the United States in an effort to curb gang membership and prevent the use of controlled substances by America’s youth.

D.A.R.E is funded largely by government agencies, individuals, corporations, and fundraising.

After the passage of the Washington Initiative 502, marijuana is no longer on the program’s five-year curriculum, but despite the removal of cannabis from its five-year curriculum, D.A.R.E. still remains staunchly opposed to recreational or medical marijuana.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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