MOUNT OLIVE, NJ –  L.E.A.D (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), the only  law enforcement- focused organization offering K-12 proven effective evidence-based Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) curricula; and the leading drug prevention program taught in the New Jersey school system;  intensified its drug prevention efforts and trained over 80 new instructors in  September.

L.E.A.D. is a comprehensive drug prevention initiative with an IN THE CLASSROOM component for students and an ON THE STREET component for law enforcement. Currently, there are over 1000 L.E.A.D. instructors in over 250 communities in all 21 New Jersey counties certified in various aspects of L.E.A.D.  Since established in 2014, instructors have taught IN THE CLASSROOM lessons to over 120,000 New Jersey students in over 400 schools.

“We are a leader in drug prevention education in the state of New Jersey using only proven effective evidence-based curricula in our IN THE CLASSROOM program.  With every new officer trained in the L.E.A.D. curricula, it is yet another opportunity to educate children about the dangers of drug abuse,” said Nick DeMauro, Executive Director and CEO of L.E.A.D. “Our L.E.A.D. initiative is at the grassroots level and has the ability to make a difference around the state dealing with the very serious issues of opioid drug addiction, bullying and violence in our communities.”

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Law enforcement from Chester, Dover, Hanover Township, Harding Township, Mendham, Montville, Mount Olive, Mount Arlington, and Wharton were among 80 newly certified L.E.A.D. instructors in New Jersey.

“The most relevant comprehensive training I have ever received,” said police officer Lonnie Elbaum of the Mount Olive Police Department. “I am looking forward to this school year working with the students and engaging in conversations giving them information to help them make better decisions when they are faced with the  pressures of drinking, smoking and drugs.”

For information about L.E.A.D.  in your community, visit http://leadrugs.org/ or call 609-259-2500.