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1 US VA: Program Focuses On New ProblemsThu, 08 Sep 2005
Source:Potomac News (VA) Author:Walker, Keith Area:Virginia Lines:89 Added:09/08/2005

What do you think?

Today's students face problems in school their predecessors didn't.

Drugs were an issue 1987 when police started the Drug Awareness Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., program, but the Internet and the need for Internet safety were non-existent.

Gangs had not made an appearance in public schools.

To combat the new set of problems children face, the Prince William County Police Department has designed a new program to replace D.A.R.E.

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2 US VA: Supervisors To Hear About 'Be Aware'Mon, 05 Sep 2005
Source:Potomac News (VA) Author:Walker, Keith Area:Virginia Lines:60 Added:09/05/2005

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will hear a presentation from the Prince William County police about a new program to teach children Internet safety and how to avoid gangs, drugs, alcohol and tobacco during the next board meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The Basic Elementary Addiction, Wellness & Abuse Resource Education, or "Be Aware" program will replace the Drug Awareness Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. program.

The D.A.R.E. program, which started in 1987, does not allow the flexibility to meet the needs of individual schools or students, said County Executive Craig Gerhart.

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3 US VA: Police Brace For MethamphetamineThu, 21 Jul 2005
Source:Potomac News (VA) Author:Walker, Keith Area:Virginia Lines:132 Added:07/23/2005

Prince William County isn't quite surrounded yet, but the threat of methamphetamine is headed east and officials are alert for signs of the drug and the dangerous labs that produce it.

"It'll be the next drug trend we have to deal with," said Maj. Ray Colgan, Prince William police.

Last year, law enforcement officials in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia busted 1,060 labs that produce the highly addictive, speed-like drug that can cause violent behavior, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, malnutrition, psychosis and irreversible brain damage.

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4 US VA: DARE Day Saturday At FairgroundsFri, 06 May 2005
Source:Potomac News (VA) Author:Walker, Keith Area:Virginia Lines:46 Added:05/06/2005

There will be quite a bit to see Saturday at the Prince William County Fairgrounds including the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, monster truck demonstrations, skydivers, magicians and antique cars.

There will also be food, music, live demonstrations by police and firefighters and interactive educational displays for children and their parents

And it's all free.

The Prince William Police Department invites the public to attend the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 10624 Dumfries Road, said Officer Sherrie Farley, of the Prince William police juvenile bureau.

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5 US VA: Prince William Won't Drug Test StudentsWed, 11 Aug 2004
Source:Potomac News (VA)          Area:Virginia Lines:62 Added:08/14/2004

Prince William County Public Schools has no intention of following newly passed state guidelines for random student drug testing. The school division has never randomly tested students without cause and will maintain its current policy, according to Superintendent Edward L. Kelly.

The Virginia Department of Education approved guidelines for student testing on June 23, 2004, nearly a year after the Virginia General Assembly amended legislation and authorized the enactment of public school guidelines. School divisions are not required to enact mandatory testing, and only two have. Prince William County Public Schools has never randomly tested students and there are no plans to revamp that policy.

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6 US VA: OPED: War On Drugs Has Eroded Personal FreedomsFri, 23 May 2003
Source:Potomac News (VA) Author:Simpson, James Area:Virginia Lines:101 Added:05/23/2003

We have a HUGE drug problem in this country. Supervisor Mary Hill should be intimately aware of it by now, but many Republicans who have not had such personal experience still approach the issue from a limited perspective.

The problem I am referring to isn't drug abuse; it's how our society addresses :"illegal" drug use. We have been fighting the so-called "war on drugs" for over 30 years, yet the war isn't against drugs, it's against people.

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