Drug Abuse: Dare To Reconsider!

Drug Abuse: Dare To Reconsider!
Posted by FoM on August 04, 1999 at 21:34:50 PT
It is time to re-evaluate D.A.R.E. 
Source: Florida Times Union
The program began in Los Angeles in 1983. Uniformed police officers go to fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms and attempt to teach students to resist drug abuse. But studies consistently find that the program is not effective.
Donald R. Lynam and other researchers at the University of Kentucky say D.A.R.E. resulted in some initial improvements in the students' attitudes about drug use, but those changes failed to last, and did not influence the decisions students made.About 80 percent of U.S. school districts have the programs. But, in the last few years, Seattle, Boulder, Louisville, Houston, Rochester, N.Y., and others have dropped D.A.R.E. In Jacksonville, 14 officers, including a supervisor, are assigned to D.A.R.E. at a cost of about $800,000 a year.The sheriff and School Board should re-examine the D.A.R.E. program.Why tie up police officers who could be fighting crime and take students away from studies if it accomplishes nothing? Tuesday, August 3, 1999 The Florida Times-Union 1999 DARE Program Not Effective - August 4, 1999
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