Last year, 74 people died from drug overdoses in Butler County. This year, there have been 44 confirmed overdoses, not including the over 20 people that have died that the toxicology reports have not come back yet. (Expected to be over 50 easy)
The Butler County Sheriff’s Department is pushing the dare program to keep kids off of drugs. (D.A.R.E.) America, which is aimed at educating youths about drugs and alcohol.
Locally, officers teach a program called “Keepin’ It REAL (Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave).” D.A.R.E. officers teach the “Five W’s” — who, what, when, where and why — for children to have on hand when they report bullying or something else negative happening in their lives.
D.A.R.E. is taught to 1,500 fifth grade students across Butler County. Butler County has three D.A.R.E officers.
What is D.A.R.E?
“Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 as a joint initiative of then-LAPD chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District as a demand-side drug control strategy of the American War on Drugs.”