Drug Treatment Centers

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) America, a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1983 by Los Angeles Police chief Darryl Gates and Glenn Levant. Narcotics-related crimes were the main problems that the LAPD faced. D.A.R.E. was based on his contention that the present generation had already surrendered to drug dependency and that the country's future lay with the readiness of its children to resist involvement. Gates believed that uniformed police officers were the best equipped to deliver the message that drug use has adverse effects.[1] The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act (Improving America's Schools Act of 1994) provided funding for use in D.A.R.E. programs in the United States.
CRO (Community Relations Officers) were the first DARE Officers to present high-stakes, peer-pressure refusal techniques in the classroom. DARE's regional program was so popular, it quickly expanded into a national and international research-based curriculum. One of the first CRO liaison officers, LAPD's Thomas Hazelton, is DARE's President-Development today. DARE's CEO is Charles Parsons, formerly with the F.B.I.

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