Drug Abuse Education

What Is D.A.R.E.?

Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a joint project of the North Carolina Department of Public Education, Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County School System, and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools on Camp Lejeune, to prevent drug abuse and violence among children and youth. Traditional drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs. Project D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, other dangerous drugs. The objectives of Project D.A.R.E. are very clear, distinct and decisive. They are:

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  • To provide students with skills for recognizing and resisting social pressure to experiment with drugs
  • To help students recognize ways to deal with anger and violence
  • To help enhance self-esteem
  • To teach positive alternatives to substance use
  • To help students develop skills in risk assessment and decision making
  • To build interpersonal and communication skills

D.A.R.E. officers achieve these objectives by attending training or carefully selected veteran law enforcement officer which prepares officers to present a structured, sequential curriculum.

An important by-product of the D.A.R.E. Program is the impact made by uniform law enforcement officers working in the classrooms. These officers provide a positive role model for children in a nonthreatening environment.

D.A.R.E. in Schools

Jacksonville Police maintains one of the largest D.A.R.E. programs in the state. Currently, D.A.R.E. is taught in 10 elementary schools. One of the unique features of our D.A.R.E. Program is the fact that D.A.R.E. is taught by this agency to DoDEA schools on Camp Lejeune.

Project D.A.R.E. has been and remains a vital crime prevention program in the Jacksonville Police Department. It is a known fact that the youth of any community is that community's future. Teaching children about drugs and violence through D.A.R.E. adds value to an age-old adage, "protecting the future." The Jacksonville Police Department is committed to that old adage and has accepted the challenge of Project D.A.R.E.

Drug Education for Teachers

This program is designed to educate staff members of each school what to look for in regards to drugs and drug paraphernalia. Staff members are provided a lecture and shown various drug paraphernalia.

  • Drug Education for the Youth Services Board
  • Drug Education for members of the Drug Free School Board
  • Educational Drug Displays

We strongly believe that public awareness is education and that education is the vehicle to which drug abuse and use will be arrested. Educational Drug Displays are made available for display at various sites attended by the public, shopping centers, P.T.O. meetings and members of the drug free school-board and to any other requesting party.

Questions & Requests

Please call the Community Services Unit 910 455-1472 for additional information.