As some DARE programs are updated, others disband... Created by kblakeslee on 7/9/2013 3:19:46 PM
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) _ Indiana anti-drug programs that were a mainstay of schools decades ago are getting makeovers or being dismantled as their message broadens to include pressures they'll face in school and how to respond to them.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs were first established in Los Angeles about 30 years ago. The Times reports many of the programs have been updated to focus on decision making, relationships and communication skills.
But a number of programs have been dropped. Hammond and Merrillville ended their programs because of resource issues. Highland police now use a program called GREAT that also includes lessons about gangs.
Supporters say they think the DARE programs are still valuable and can have long-lasting effects on participants.