D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and is now being conducted in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts. D.A.R.E. is a police-officer-led series of classroom lessons, teaching children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug- and violence-free lives.
The D.A.R.E. program is unique in that it not only teaches students about the dangers of illegal drug use, but it also gives them the tools to resist the peer pressure that can lead to experimentation.