The purpose of the program is to provide families, schools, and communities with a friendly multi-pronged approach to educating and reducing prescription drug abuse. Dougie provides parents, educators, and others the ability to provide quality, positive, and age appropriate information for kids 2-10 years of age. Prevention is key, and is a must from a very early age.
Dougie the Drug Dog® was started by the Pierce Township Police Department in Clermont County Ohio, with the help of a grant from NADDI. The natural attraction of children to animals allows the police department to build strong bonds and rapport with young people. It is through this relationship that important messages are able to be delivered about prescription drug abuse and other safety issues that are facing kids today.