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DARE programs making a comeback in some places

– An anti-drug program that took hits in some places in the past six years is making a comeback in some Indiana communities.

The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1ilB0Ox) the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE, began seeing some programs lose funding in 2007. DARE Indiana Executive Director Michael Ward estimates the state lost as many as seven DARE programs between 2007 and 2011. But he says four or five of those programs have been revived. LaPorte has restarted a program it had not offered since 2002.

Ward says a variety of factors may be contributing to the comeback. He pointed to a new curriculum, an improving fiscal environment for some local governments and a desire among parents and educators to have uniformed police officers in schools as possible reasons.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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