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Police use DARE program to keep kids off drugs

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Some drug counselors say Heroin and Methamphetamine use is on the rise in the Tri-Cities.

Kennewick Police say drug rates tend to rise and fall, but programs like DARE can help fight the problem.

They say educating children about the dangers of drugs will make them less likely to try them.

Fifth graders at Cascade Elementary in Kennewick graduated from the DARE program today, and police say they've been taught how to resist drugs.

"Peer pressure, and they learn about the traits of a good friend and a bad friend. So we talk a lot about who to stay away from because of those traits. And we also teach them ways to say no," says Kennewick Police Department's Mike Meyer.

Police Chief Ken Hohenberg was Kennewick's very first dare office. He was also the keynote speaker at the graduation.