Saline County Sheriff's Department's D.A.R.E. program began in 1993. Deputy Sheriffs trained in the D.A.R.E. curriculum currently provide educational services to Saline County's five rural schools. In addition to teaching D.A.R.E. core curriculum to 5th and 6th graders, kindergarten through 4th grade instructions provide vital information in the area of stranger danger, poison prevention and other important topics. In the fall of 2000 Jr. High curriculum was made available to other area schools.
Educational programs for children play a vital role in preventing drug use among our young people today. It is important that our youth receive the correct information in order for them to make good choices.
Education and Communication Aid in Preventing Drug Abuse
Preventing drug abuse really begins with preventing drug use. Some children as young as third and fourth grade feel pressured to try drugs...especially gateway drugs such as alcohol, nicotine (tobacco) and marijuana. Research shows that each of these can increase the chance that the user will turn to even more dangerous drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. The average age of first time use of illicit drugs (including alcohol) is 12 years of age!
Constructive communication is one of the most effective tools you can use in helping your child avoid drug use. The very act of a regular two way communication shows your child that he or she means a great deal to you.
Remember to always set a good example for your child. Let them know the facts about how drugs harm people. The fact that you do not find drug use acceptable is a simple principle that you must relay. Let them know that they have the power to say NO! Send a clear message about the behavior you expect. Let your child know that you trust them to live up to your hopes and that they know right from wrong and are smart enough to say NO!
Remember, we as adults set the example. Your child will compare your actions with your words and be guided accordingly.
If you don't start....you don't have to worry about stopping!!
From our D.A.R.E. Programs Archive
Ten years ago, in 2000 D.A.R.E. graduates were congratulated for their success with the 2000 community service project. At completion over 400 food items, paper goods and cleaning supplies were collected for the Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter.