5th Grade: Most crucial time to educate on drug-use

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

AUBURN, AL (WXTX) -  Law Enforcement officials claim by the time a child reaches the 5th grade, there is a significantly high chance they have either seen, been pressured or heard about drugs.

The Auburn Police Department and officials with Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE say education about drugs in this time of life is crucial.

"Hopefully this information can make an impact with the kids that if they're ever challenged in the future they can fall back on this education they learned through dare to make a wise and healthy choice", said DARE officer, Keith Horne.

Some of the children attending DARE camp have only seen law enforcement in a bad light in the past. Whether it be arresting a family member or a neighbor for drugs. Chief Dawson said it's very important for his department to be trusted. Auburn Police Department's Acting Chief Tommy Dawson said, "it puts the law enforcement in a total different light. We're not all about writing citations; we're not all about going to jail. We're trying to make a difference in the community and in the lives of people in the community."

The camp, which lasts through Friday, is a day camp where police officers accompany 5th graders in days filled with activities, guest speakers and play time...all promoting a drug-free life. Horne said his biggest message is, "life can be so much fun and there's so much things to do and you can go as far as you want too but if drugs and alcohol are in your life that it's just a dead end. It's a stop sign."

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