Sheriff Chastain also believes that education is vital in reducing the drug addiction problem America faces and the crimes associated with this epidemic. He has taken an active role to make the DARE Program available in Laurens County. DARE is an international education program that seeks to prevent the use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs and violent behavior. The Sheriff provides a deputy to the schools who presents this program to 5th grade students. These youth are given lessons to act in their own best interest when facing high-risk, low-gain choices and to resist the pressure and other influences in making their personal choice regarding tobacco, drug abuse, alcohol, and peer pressure. Since Sheriff Chastain took office, he and his staff have witnessed over 8,500 kids complete the DARE curriculum.