ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- As drug abuse continues to rise among teens and adults, the town of Orangetown has refocused its drug abuse prevention efforts by reintroducing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program into local schools at the seventh-grade level.
To prepare for this transition, three officers from the Orangetown Police Department attended an intensive, two-week training course, sponsored by Wellcore /SOCASA, that was facilitated by the DARE America organization at the state Fire Training Academy.
Orangetown police will present the 10-week DARE program at Pearl River Middle School, South Orangetown Middle School, and St. Margaret’s School this year.
Police Chief Kevin A. Nulty praised the school districts for their willingness to find time for this program. He expressed particular gratitude to Orangetown Town Board members who, last September, reaffirmed their commitment to substance abuse education for the town youths by including DARE funding in the 2016 police budget.
DARE was started in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District to help curb the escalating drug abuse in the area.
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