This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives youth the skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, and has proven so successful that it is now implemented in 75% of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries. D.A.R.E. is a police-officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches 5th graders how to resist the peer pressure and live productive, drug and violence-free lives.