Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a joint project of the North Carolina Department of Public Education, Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County School System, and Camp Lejeune Military Dependent School System, to prevent drug abuse and violence among children and youth. Traditional drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs. The project D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, other dangerous drugs. The objectives of Project D.A.R.E. are very clear, distinct and decisive. They are:

  • To provide students with skills for recognizing and resisting social pressure to experiment with drugs.
  • To help students recognize ways to deal with anger and violence.
  • To help enhance self-esteem.
  • To teach positive alternatives to substance use.
  • To help students develop skills in risk assessment and decision making.
  • To build interpersonal and communication skills.