D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative program in which local law enforcement and local schools join together to educate students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence.
The D.A.R.E. curricula is designed to be delivered
sequentially from grades K-12. First developed in 1983,
D.A.R.E. has undergone multiple revisions as research
findings increased knowledge of effective substance abuse
prevention among school-aged youth.
D.A.R.E. Iowa Mission Statement
"The mission of D.A.R.E. Iowa is to improve the quality of life for the youth of the state by assisting them to avoid harmful choices through developing and coordinating the resources and training necessary to permit local D.A.R.E. Officers, schools, and communities to effectively provide D.A.R.E. instruction to the young people of the Iowa."