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SafeMontana's Youth Initiative is aimed at informing youth, parents, families and concerned citizens about the importance of preemptive education of Montana adolescents about the perils of illicit drug use.
As such, SafeMontana follows the same basic principle as D.A.R.E. (the Drug Abuse Resistance Education) model education program nationalized as a model for primary school anti-drug abuse education. Like D.A.R.E., SafeMontana affirms that education about the adverse effects of drug abuse should start at an early age. For whatever criticisms public education programs have drawn for their effectiveness, we set aside the issue as moot, and affirm that moral education in final appeal belongs to families, foster parents and religious leaders. Police officers and educators certainly have their part to play. But it's in the home that children best learn moral norms and have their positive values reinforced. If children do not receive the positive reinforcement of the '"Just say No" message from the home, then the likelihood that they succumb to the temptation to abuse drugs is much greater.
Facing unparalleled drug abuse among our youth in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, visionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
With each passing year, D.A.R.E.’s success was seen in classrooms and homes leading to rapid growth and expansion. As each decade passed and success increased, the challenges facing children and families also grew. Today, through the leadership of D.A.R.E.’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the tireless commitment and hard work of tens of thousands of officers and educators throughout America and around the globe, D.A.R.E strives each day to achieve its vital mission. . . to fulfill a vision.
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