Texas parents are calling officials to update the D.A.R.E. curriculum to include more education on the dangers of hard drugs.
D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a program led by local law enforcement to teach children good drug decision-making skills. The program includes all ages from Pre-K to 12th grade, tailoring the content to be age-appropriate and covering various topics, such as general drug information or what to do in the case of an overdose.
However, D.A.R.E. has shied away from covering the dangers of hard drugs such as fentanyl. Studies show that children at younger ages are overdosing from fentanyl more than ever before: overdose deaths in 10-to-19-year-olds increase 180% from 2019 to 2021.
The younger an individual is when they are introduced to drugs, the more likely they are to be addicted or overdose on their drug of choice. This is why parents are overdose victims are insisting D.A.R.E. update its program to include hard drug education.
While education is crucial, it isn’t sufficient to prevent addiction and overdose. Support systems and accountability are equally as important.
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