Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) creates, trains and coordinates effective community responses to youth substance abuse and violence. As a 501(C)(3) non-profit, the organization has educated children, families, students, faculty, employees and the residents of Orange County since 1987. School-based prevention programs, augmented with support activities, form DUILA’s foundation. The four cornerstones of DUILA are youth leadership development, community service opportunities, team building and professional networking. DUILA is a program of the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council.
The D.U.I.L.A. program serves mostly the schools inside of the contract cities of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. But it does not limit itself to those; the program also reaches out to private schools in the County as well as schools outside of the County. Some of the education material that D.U.I.L.A. offers is actually put into the criteria for health education classes or supplements a health education course.
Foothill Ranch Elementary School has adapted this drug education program into its sixth grade curriculum. Students have the ability to gain critical information from the deputies regarding gateway drugs, drug abuse, gangs, and safety in the community and using technology. Students learn how to say no and avoid risky situations. Teachers say former students often mention the deputies and D.U.I.L.A. concepts as powerful influences in their lives.
Deputy Garrison and his colleagues address the students as young adults and speak to them matter-of-factly. Students appreciate the deputies' honest and caring approach. Beth Grove, 6th grade teacher at Foothill Ranch Elementary School stated that “as a parent and educator I am convinced that a huge portion of a child's education includes keeping our young people healthy and safe. D.U.I.L.A. does just that.”
These “quilts” were made as a “thank you” to the deputy’s that taught the children at Foothill Ranch Elementary about drug education. The "quilts" are currently exhibited near the Community Programs at the Orange County Sheriff Department's headquarters.
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