The National Guard utilizes their unique resources to reduce the supply of drugs in America and help our youth make a commitment to be drug-free. This effort is best described as a two-pronged approach:
Reduce the supply of drugs in America through direct interdiction efforts.
Implement a Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) program to reduce the demand for drugs within each community that it serves through awareness and prevention tactics.
In 2006, NCPRS partnered with the National Guard DDR program to implement the “Drug Free Starts With Me” key initiative. NCPRS provided the National Guard with the Stay on Track (SOT) program, an innovative substance abuse prevention education program developed for middle school students. The National Guard implemented Stay On Track in 11 pilot states, reaching over 47,000 students.
In 2007, the NCPRS/National Guard partnership expanded their efforts, reaching over 125,000 students in 46 states and territories. NCPRS and the National Guard have trained over 238 Guardsmen and 339 teachers across America to implement Stay on Track.