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Nationwide drive vs illegal drugs launched

Posted by Abi Kwok on March 9, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:41:00 03/09/2009

MANILA, Philippines—The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) has launched a nationwide program that aims to educate children on how to resist the pressures and temptations of using illegal drugs and other harmful substances, Chairman Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE is patterned after a program established by the Los Angeles Police Department, which is a “comprehensive, long-term education approach to prevent substance abuse among children,” he said.

The program involves police and jail officers conducting a series of classroom sessions to teach children on how to resist pressures of experimenting with illegal drugs from peers.

Sotto said they have already coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the enforcement of the program nationwide.

The DARE program, initially launched in General Santos City, has expanded to several provinces in the Mindanao region, and Sotto hopes to bring this anti-illegal drugs drive to other cities and provinces nationwide.

It has now expanded to the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, Sotto said.

On March 4, some 879 grade four and six students in 13 elementary schools in the town of Tampakan, South Cotabato province, finished the program.

The DARE program here is being implemented by the group PhilDARE, headed by Bread of Life Pastor Efren Reyes.

“It is indispensable that we must prevent our children from attempting to use illegal drugs and preventive education like DARE program is the answer to that,” Sotto said.

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