D.A.R.E. Program

For information regarding the Eureka Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program, please contact Officer Jennifer Werges at jwerges@eureka.mo.us or 636-938-6600.

Helping kids stay drug free.
DARE to say “NO”

Learning to say “NO” and not feeling you have to go along with the crowd is the essence of the anti-drug program in Eureka.  It is a joint project of the schools and the Eureka Police Department.

D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education – is a preventative program originally developed in Los Angeles.  The 10 week curriculum is aimed to equip youth with the skills to resist peer pressure to experiment with and use harmful drugs.

The concept is a straight-forward and simple – DARE to say “NO”!

A Serious Problem

D.A.R.E. was initiated because of an alarming increase in drug use.

Drugs are not confined only to the murky world of criminals.

Drug abuse is a serious problem plaguing more and more of our people.  It impairs emotional growth and learning.  Statistics show that 1 in 16 high school students smoke marijuana daily.  Many people in their early 20’s talk about being burned out by excessive drug use in their teens.

It has come to the point where pre-teens need to be inoculated, in a sense, against the lure of the drug culture.

A Heavy Dose of Instruction

A unique feature of project D.A.R.E. is the use of police officers as instructors.  Specially selected and trained officers teach weekly lessons and work closely with students during recess and after school to develop a rapport with children that is vital to the success of the program.

D.A.R.E. officers also work closely with teachers, sharing with them techniques of drug resistance education.  Classroom teachers also provide important support to D.A.R.E. lessons.

D.A.R.E. is taught at the following Eureka Schools:

Blevins Elementary School
Eureka Elementary School
Geggie Elementary School
St. Mark’s Lutheran School
Sacred Heart School

D.A.R.E. Lessons Focus on Four Major Areas:

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

D.A.R.E. instructors employ a variety of activity oriented techniques to involve students in group discussions, a healthy exchange of ideas and feelings and role playing, and cooperative group exercises.

Parents, teachers and school administrators also benefit from the program.  Instructors hold special workshops highlighting the signs of substance abuse, how to intervene and where to seek assistance.

Support of D.A.R.E.

The D.A.R.E. project has the support of the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and Chief of Police, as well as the educational system in the Eureka area.

Resistance Education

D.A.R.E. is a new approach to educating young people.  Based on recent research, the traditional scare tactics that preach the harms of drugs are de-emphasized.  Kids don’t want to be told what not to do.

Teens, instead, want to act grown-up.  Many of them think smoking, drinking and using exotic drugs are their passport to adulthood.

So, D.A.R.E. tries to teach students what being grown-up really means – not giving in to peer pressure, making your own decisions and learning to cope with life’s problems in positive ways.

Consequences of Drug & Alcohol Use

D.A.R.E. teaches that:

Drugs bought on the street are not safe to use.
It is perfectly safe to take medicine that a doctor has prescribed for you.
Getting high will not keep you from feeling sad or down.
When you have a really bad headache, you can’t take as many aspirin as you want to make the headache go away.  If you’re under a lot of stress, drinking alcohol or taking drugs won’t really help.
Taking drugs will not help you to have more fun when you’re bored.

More about D.A.R.E.

Each year D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum is taught to over 5.5 million children in over 250,000 classrooms.  There are over 16,000 police officers certified to teach D.A.R.E. throughout the United States and the world.

The D.A.R.E. program is now the largest and most successful drug presentation program in the United States.  A recent Gallup survey of students who have completed the D.A.R.E. program, more than 90% believe the D.A.R.E. program provided them with skills to avoid drugs and alcohol.

For information regarding the Eureka Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program, please contact Officer Jennifer Werges at jwerges@eureka.mo.us or 636-938-6600.