D.A.R.E. America » News http://www.dare.org Empowering Children to Lead Safe and Healthy Lives Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:24:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Dettmering wins State D.A.R.E. Essay of the Year contest http://www.dare.org/dettmering-wins-state-d-a-r-e-essay-of-the-year-contest/ http://www.dare.org/dettmering-wins-state-d-a-r-e-essay-of-the-year-contest/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:56:32 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15804 Price County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Laurie Zondlo (left) and Olivia Dettmering. From Price County Review. Price County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Laurie Zondlo was proud to announce one of her Prentice D.A.R.E. graduates recently received a top state honor with her D.A.R.E. Essay of the Year at the Wisconsin State D.A.R.E. Officer’s Conference in Lake Geneva. […]

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Price County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Laurie Zondlo (left) and Olivia Dettmering.

From Price County Review.

Price County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Laurie Zondlo was proud to announce one of her Prentice D.A.R.E. graduates recently received a top state honor with her D.A.R.E. Essay of the Year at the Wisconsin State D.A.R.E. Officer’s Conference in Lake Geneva.

Olivia Dettmering, daughter of Dave and Jane Dettmering, received the award for her excellent writing skills and essay, which she read at the Prentice Middle School spring D.A.R.E. Graduation. Olivia expressed in her essay why she wanted to be drug and violence free, choose the right friends, and make the right choices in the future with the skills she learned in D.A.R.E.

Olivia received a D.A.R.E. school bag full of prizes from the State D.A.R.E. Officers Association in appreciation for her hard work and commitment to the D.A.R.E. Program.

Deputy Zondlo has been teaching the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in the Prentice School District since 1997.

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D.A.R.E. America Announces Participation In National Cyber Security Awareness Month – October 1-31, 2014 http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-america-announces-participation-in-national-cyber-security-awareness-month-october-1-31-2014/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-america-announces-participation-in-national-cyber-security-awareness-month-october-1-31-2014/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:21:53 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15796 D.A.R.E. is joining with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center in celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2014. It sometimes seems as if everything we do is accomplished online, our computers, laptops and smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. “The […]

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D.A.R.E. is joining with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center in celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2014.

It sometimes seems as if everything we do is accomplished online, our computers, laptops and smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. “The Internet is part of everyone’s life. Every day we use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment, and to connect with those close to us. Our connected devices can become extensions of ourselves and all too often we forget, without appropriate security measures, how vulnerable we may be through these devices”, said Francisco “Frank” Pegueros, President of D.A.R.E. America. Pegueros encourages all members of the D.A.R.E. family are to set aside during NCSAM to review their personal online security measures and practices, as well as participating in activities raising awareness that cyber security is a shared responsibility.

Online security is a shared responsibility and National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage all members of the community in a dialogue about emerging cyber security issues. NCSAM 2014 will include a series of events across the country hosted by local governments, businesses, non-profits, and academic organizations aimed at increasing each community’s cybersecurity awareness.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the first presidential proclamation in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress; federal, state and local governments, as well as leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.

Please visit www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month for more information about NCSAM

 

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Science Daily: Four Research Reports on the Effects of Marijuana http://www.dare.org/science-daily-four-research-reports-on-the-effects-of-marijuana/ http://www.dare.org/science-daily-four-research-reports-on-the-effects-of-marijuana/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:22:35 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15756 Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report Date: June 5, 2014 Source: NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse Summary: The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The review describes the science establishing that marijuana can be addictive […]

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Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report

Date: June 5, 2014
Source: NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
Summary:
The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The review describes the science establishing that marijuana can be addictive and that this risk for addiction increases for daily or young users. It also offers insights into research on the gateway theory indicating that marijuana use, similar to nicotine and alcohol use, may be associated with an increased vulnerability to other drugs.

Go to the full article on Science Daily

 

Youth regularly receive pro-marijuana tweets

Date: June 27, 2014
Source: Washington University in St. Louis
Summary:
Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, according to researchers. They said the tweets are cause for concern because young people are thought to be especially responsive to social media influences, and patterns of drug use tend to be established in a person’s late teens and early 20s.

Cannabis withdrawal symptoms common among adolescents treated for substance use disorder

Date: September 2, 2014
Source: Massachusetts General Hospital
Summary:
Although cannabis — commonly known as marijuana — is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study has found that 40 percent of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder reported experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence.

Frequent cannabis use in adolescence linked with reduced educational attainment, other problems in young adults

Date: September 9, 2014
Source: The Lancet
Summary:
Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are over 60% less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared to those who have never used the drug, new research shows. The large meta-analysis also indicates that daily users of cannabis during adolescence are seven times more likely to attempt suicide, have an 18 times greater chance of cannabis dependence, and are eight times as likely to use other illicit drugs in later life.

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Retired Officer Still Keeping Kids Safe http://www.dare.org/retired-officer-still-keeping-kids-safe/ http://www.dare.org/retired-officer-still-keeping-kids-safe/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:12:02 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15726 Cyndy King, a retired St. Clair County Sheriff Department officer, reads from a book and talks to kids about staying safe at the G. Lynn Campbell Library in Kimball Township. (Photo: JEFFREY SMITH/TIMES HERALD). From The Times Herald. She’s retired, but former St. Clair County Sheriff Department DARE officer Cyndy King still feels it’s important to […]

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Cyndy King, a retired St. Clair County Sheriff Department officer, reads from a book and talks to kids about staying safe at the G. Lynn Campbell Library in Kimball Township. (Photo: JEFFREY SMITH/TIMES HERALD).

From The Times Herald.

She’s retired, but former St. Clair County Sheriff Department DARE officer Cyndy King still feels it’s important to talk to kids about staying safe.

King talked to kids Tuesday afternoon at G. Lynn Campbell Library, in Kimball Township, about the dangers of strangers.

King had been with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for 14 years. She retired in spring. During her 23 years at the sheriff department she also was on the drug task force and was a medical examiner special investigator.

“I would have normally talked to children about strangers in elementary schools during a separate presentation from the DARE program, which is specific to drugs,” King said. “It’s important to talk to kids to make them aware of strangers.”

King wants to teach elementary school kids to be cautious about talking to strangers and accepting gifts from strangers.

“I think it’s important to help kids, and even parents, with all safety issues,” she said. “From talking about strangers to drug prevention.”

The St. Clair County Sheriff Department eliminated its DARE program at the end of March 2014. The program cost about $96,000 a year to run and was cut due to lack of funding.

St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said it was good to hear that King wants to continue to give to her community.

“(King) had an incredible career with the sheriff’s office,” Donnellon said. “Even in her retirement she wants to continue to give back and educate kids.”

St. Clair County Sheriff Department had provided DARE programming since 1989. Last year it provided services to 11 area high schools.

King said she was really disappointed when the DARE program was cut.

“I was upset because I truly believe in the program,” King said. “I would not be able to continue to teach the DARE program on my own because it has to be taught by a uniformed police officer, but I would be willing to still give presentations. I really feel strongly about the safety of kids.”

King said she thinks it’s a worthwhile cause to talk at local libraries, or to other organizations, about kids’ safety and drug prevention.

“I expect to do more after-school programs like this,” she said. “But it’s not only for children. We need to educate adults about the addictiveness of prescription pills. Some people don’t realize how addictive some prescriptions can be, and that can lead to trying illegal substances to supplement when the prescription runs out.”

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Baby Boomer Stays Busy by Educating Kids About Dangers of Drugs http://www.dare.org/baby-boomer-stays-busy-by-educating-kids-about-dangers-of-drugs/ http://www.dare.org/baby-boomer-stays-busy-by-educating-kids-about-dangers-of-drugs/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:37:24 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15700 From fox13now.com. In Thursday’s edition of Booming Forward, Dave Nemeth introduces us to a member of the baby boomer generation who refuses to slow down as long as he is able to make a difference in the lives of those who live in his community. See the video for more on Officer Loren Brumley, who works […]

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From fox13now.com.

In Thursday’s edition of Booming Forward, Dave Nemeth introduces us to a member of the baby boomer generation who refuses to slow down as long as he is able to make a difference in the lives of those who live in his community.

See the video for more on Officer Loren Brumley, who works with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

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Auburn schools take over the DARE program from the City http://www.dare.org/auburn-schools-take-over-the-dare-program-from-the-city/ http://www.dare.org/auburn-schools-take-over-the-dare-program-from-the-city/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:19:18 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15651 From Auburn Reporter. A police officer-led series of classroom lessons teaching children from kindergarten through the 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and-violence-free lives. From the beginning, the Auburn Police Department and the Auburn School District have worked together to make the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE, work. Now, […]

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From Auburn Reporter.

A police officer-led series of classroom lessons teaching children from kindergarten through the 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and-violence-free lives.

From the beginning, the Auburn Police Department and the Auburn School District have worked together to make the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE, work.

Now, the school district has taken over the DARE program entirely from the City.

While the district recently tapped retired School Police Officer Robin McCluskey to run the DARE program, the City has reassigned DARE Officer Jessica Smith to regular duties. The two had divided the duties of presenting the program to the district’s elementary schools, McCluskey having been responsible for those schools outside of city limits. Two schools, Gildo Rey and Pioneer, have a different program, more tuned to keeping kids out of gangs.

And the City is talking about donating its DARE vehicle to the school district.

“It’ll be a funding relief for the City, and it puts boots on the ground for the City of Auburn,” said City Councilman Bill Peloza. “Whereas (Officer Smith) had been working exclusively for the DARE program, we are netting one full-time, boots-on-the-ground officer, because that officer will be reassigned full time to Auburn City duties.”

“Funding for Officer Smith’s position will no longer be allocated to DARE, but to the police department for a full-time position,” said Mayor Nancy Backus.

The DARE program has been supported over the years not only through the efforts of DARE-certified law enforcement officers but also teachers, students, parents and the community to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children.

Every year DARE touches the lives of 3,000 fifth-grade students in 12 Auburn schools, at the same time providing an opportunity for Auburn Police officers to meet and get to know kids.

“Absolutely I’m convinced it is a worthwhile program,” McCluskey said, noting that DARE also presents anti-bullying and other messages.

Founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, DARE has since proven so successful that it is not only a part of 75 percent of the nation’s school districts but also may be found in more than 43 countries around the world, where it benefits millions of school children.

“The DARE program is a wonderful program for the community,” Peloza said. “It’s hard to measure; however, if we save one or two kids, it’s worthwhile.”

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New D.A.R.E. Officer Named http://www.dare.org/new-d-a-r-e-officer-named/ http://www.dare.org/new-d-a-r-e-officer-named/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 03:18:49 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15624 From Richland Today. Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell has named Deputy Chris Crawford as the department’s new D.A.R.E Deputy. “Deputy Crawford has completed the D.A.R.E. Officer Training and is certified with the State of Louisiana as a D.A.R.E. Instructor,” Harrell said. The course to become a D.A.R.E. instructor is a rigorous two-week school.  Richland Parish […]

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From Richland Today.

Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell has named Deputy Chris Crawford as the department’s new D.A.R.E Deputy.

“Deputy Crawford has completed the D.A.R.E. Officer Training and is certified with the State of Louisiana as a D.A.R.E. Instructor,” Harrell said.

The course to become a D.A.R.E. instructor is a rigorous two-week school.  Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department will begin teaching the D.A.R.E. curriculum within a couple of weeks to the fifth and seventh grade students of the Richland Parish schools.

“This was a very challenging and difficult course to accomplish,” Crawford said. “We started with 36 students, from all over the state, a couple from out-of-state and even one Officer from Canada. This was no walk in the park training, after eight hours in the classroom; there was an average of three to four hours of homework each night.”

Crawford stated upon completion of this training, there were 32 who made up the 37th Louisiana D.A.R.E. Training Center graduating class. He went on to say, he enjoyed every minute of it and is excited to start teaching this great program.

“We taught the D.A.R.E. program in our schools from August 2012 through December 2013,” Harrell said. “Deputy Stephen Young was our D.A.R.E. deputy during this time but resigned to relocate in Alabama.  We were unable to provide the D.A.R.E. program during the spring semester; awaiting a certification class.  Chris just completed the course and should be in the schools within the next couple of weeks.  Chris is an asset to our department and I am very confident that he will excel in this program.”

Crawford was awarded at the D.A.R.E. graduation as the “Outstanding Team Member” receiving a plaque and recognition from his mentor and the D.A.R.E. staff.

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The New D.A.R.E. Program—This One Works http://www.dare.org/the-new-dare-program-this-one-works/ http://www.dare.org/the-new-dare-program-this-one-works/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:19:50 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15586 The “keepin’ it REAL” substance-abuse curriculum focuses on elementary and middle-school students’ decisions, not drugs. From Scientific American. If you were one of millions of children who completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or D.A.R.E., between 1983 and 2009, you may be surprised to learn that scientists have repeatedly shown that the program did […]

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The “keepin’ it REAL” substance-abuse curriculum focuses on elementary and middle-school students’ decisions, not drugs.

From Scientific American.

If you were one of millions of children who completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or D.A.R.E., between 1983 and 2009, you may be surprised to learn that scientists have repeatedly shown that the program did not work. Despite being the nation’s most popular substance-abuse prevention program, D.A.R.E. did not make you less likely to become a drug addict or even to refuse that first beer from your friends.

But over the past few years prevention scientists have helped D.A.R.E. America, the nonprofit organization that administers the program, replace the old curriculum with a course based on a few concepts that should make the training more effective for today’s students. The new course, called keepin’ it REAL, differs in both form and content from the former D.A.R.E.—replacing long, drug-fact laden lectures with interactive lessons that present stories meant to help kids make smart decisions. Beginning in 2009 D.A.R.E. administrators required middle schools across the country that teach the program to switch over to the 10-week, researcher-designed curriculum for seventh graders. By 2013, they had ordered elementary schools to start teaching a version of those lessons to fifth and sixth graders, too. “It’s not an antidrug program,” says Michelle Miller-Day, co-developer of the new curriculum and a communications researcher at Chapman University. “It’s about things like being honest and safe and responsible.” Even so, keepin’ it REAL has reduced substance abuse and maintained antidrug attitudes over time among students in early trials—an achievement that largely eluded the former iteration of the program.

D.A.R.E.’s original curriculum was not shaped by prevention specialists but by police officers and teachers in Los Angeles. They started D.A.R.E. in 1983 to curb the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco among teens and to improve community–police relations. Fueled by word of mouth, the program quickly spread to 75 percent of U.S. schools.

But for over a decade research cast doubt on the program’s benefits. The Department of Justice funded the first national study of D.A.R.E. and the results, made public in 1994, showed only small short-term reductions in participants’ use of tobacco—but not alcohol or marijuana. A 2009 report by Justice referred to 30 subsequent evaluations that also found no significant long-term improvement in teen substance abuse. “Thirty years ago, everyone believed that if you just told students how harmful these substances and behaviors were—they’d stay away from them,” says Frank Pegueros, president and CEO of D.A.R.E. America. “I’ve actually had officers tell me, ‘You mean I was doing it wrong for 15 years?’ Evidently, we were.”

Behavioral scientists started to suggest a different approach as early as 1998, based on research into successful behavior-change techniques. Instead of bombarding students with information in 45-minute lectures, they called for a hands-on program that would build communication and decision-making skills and let children rehearse these tactics via role play. Eventually D.A.R.E. started to search for a new curriculum, and the program’s scientific advisory board selected keepin’ it REAL from over 200 listings on a national registry of evidence-based programs maintained by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Now instructors speak only for about eight minutes during each lesson, partly so students can spend more time practicing tough decisions in activities with their friends. “If we teach good decision-making skills, it should transfer from one high-risk behavior to the next,” Pegueros says.

Sgt. Christine Rapp, who has been a full-time D.A.R.E. officer at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana for 16 years, says these exercises are as popular in the classroom as they are with prevention researchers. “The interaction and group work is awesome because we learn by doing—much more than just by hearing,” Rapp says. “When [students] learn the ways to say no to friends, they absolutely love getting up in front of the class and acting those out.” Officers teach four ways to say no: Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave (hence the acronym).

The elementary curriculum focuses on developing these four basic skills, says Michael Hecht, a communications researcher at The Pennsylvania State University who developed keepin’ it REAL with Miller-Day. And the middle-school curriculum, intended for seventh graders, has the students apply the guidance much more to drugs. The four strategies that make up the acronym were teased from 300 interviews that the two researchers conducted with kids across the country.

Hecht and Miller-Day have authored several of the handful of studies that demonstrated the program’s effectiveness and convinced the D.A.R.E. scientific advisory board to adopt it. The largest one, published by Hecht, Miller-Day and their colleagues in 2003, asked 6,000 students to fill out questionnaires about their use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana at several points over a two-year period. The reports from students who completed keepin’ it REAL indicated that they sampled these substances less than those in a control group, and used a wider variety of strategies to stay sober. Their antidrug attitudes were also more likely to stick over time. A subset of that study with 1,300 students who were already using drugs, showed that the program reduced substance use at a rate that was 72 percent higher than the control group. Steven West, a rehabilitation counselor at Virginia Commonwealth University who once published a meta-analysis showing D.A.R.E. to have negligible effects, is encouraged by these results. “They are going the right route now—it’s based in science,” West says.

Richard Clayton, a retired prevention researcher formerly of the University of Kentucky, was also once an outspoken critic of D.A.R.E. but has since been responsible for many science-based improvements to the program after it invited him to join its board of directors and chair its scientific advisory council, which is now stacked with prevention researchers. “They listened to the notion that comes from the literature that you need to be interactive—not didactic lecturing,” he says. “I think what they’ve done is pretty amazing.”

West and Clayton also argue that the D.A.R.E. program is worth saving, because it has built a remarkable network of schools and police stations that have proved willing to work together to encourage kids to lead smart, healthy lives. With that network firmly in place, D.A.R.E.’s biggest responsibility is finding the best way to put it to work. “We want to be on the cutting edge of research and science,” says John Lindsay, a regional director for D.A.R.E. America. “If you believe in that, you can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk—and I think that’s what we’ve done over the last few years.”

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Daren the Lion Mascot Costume http://www.dare.org/daren-lion-mascot-costume/ http://www.dare.org/daren-lion-mascot-costume/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:52:03 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15574 A great investment to get the most of your D.A.R.E.® Program. Make appearances at parades, carnivals, fairs, sporting events and shopping malls. An excellent addition to your D.A.R.E. graduation. Loved by children & adults. Interact with your local D.A.R.E. sponsors. Produced by by Scollon Productions, one of the world’s leading costume creators. Premium quality construction. Easily maintained. Fits slim […]

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A great investment to get the most of your D.A.R.E.® Program.

  • Make appearances at parades, carnivals, fairs, sporting events and shopping malls. An excellent addition to your D.A.R.E. graduation.
  • Loved by children & adults.
  • Interact with your local D.A.R.E. sponsors.
  • Produced by by Scollon Productions, one of the world’s leading costume creators.
  • Premium quality construction.
  • Easily maintained. Fits slim wearers up to 5’10”.

Daren Costume

For ordering information, please contact Cheryl Fallon, D.A.R.E. America, 800-223-3273 or CherylFallon@dareorg.

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An All-New Website for Get Smart About Drugs: www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com http://www.dare.org/new-website-get-smart-drugs/ http://www.dare.org/new-website-get-smart-drugs/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:59:49 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=15570 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announces the launch of the all new GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, the website for parents, educators, and caregivers. Originally launched in 2008, the website has updated drug information, resources and is totally redesigned for easier navigation. To learn about marijuana use and drugged driving; how to identify drug paraphernalia; why spice/K2 is a […]

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announces the launch of the all new GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, the website for parents, educators, and caregivers.

Originally launched in 2008, the website has updated drug information, resources and is totally redesigned for easier navigation. To learn about marijuana use and drugged driving; how to identify drug paraphernalia; why spice/K2 is a serious drug trend; how your school can be involved in Red Ribbon Week and more, please visit the website at www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.

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