DARE Program Doesn't Lower Drug Risk, Study Says

DARE Program Doesn't Lower Drug Risk, Study Says
Posted by CN Staff on January 16, 2003 at 17:23:39 PT
By John Lauerman
DARE, the nationwide nonprofit education program designed to prevent illegal drug use, doesn't reduce that risk in children and adolescents, a U.S. government analysis showed. The review of six studies published in scientific journals found that more than 5,400 grade-school and high-school students in Colorado, Kentucky and Illinois who participated in Drug Abuse Resistance education were just as likely to abuse drugs as other children, the U.S. General Accounting office said. 
Nearly a third of 10th- and 12th-graders in the U.S. report having used marijuana recently, according to a 2002 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The DARE program uses police officers to teach children how to resist peer pressure and discover alternatives to drug use and violence. The review evaluated the DARE program of the 1980s and 1990s, which has been further developed, U.S. Health and Human Services Inspector General Janet Rehnquist wrote in a letter to GAO researchers. `` The conclusions that are drawn in the GAO report should not necessarily be applied to the future DARE program,'' Rehnquist wrote. DARE has educated about 36 million children about drugs, the organization's Web site said. The organization was established in 1983 in Los Angeles. DARE officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Complete Title: DARE Program Doesn't Lower Drug Risk, U.S. Study SaysSource: Bloomberg.comAuthor: John LauermanPublished: January 16, 2003Copyright: 2003 Bloomberg L.P. Website: Report in PDF Format DARE Archives
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 17, 2003 at 09:57:32 PT
GAO Report on DARE - January 15th, 2003 in PDF
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on January 17, 2003 at 06:58:03 PT
DARE cops like to point out,
if they help just one kid it is worth it.CHECK YOUR MATH!If DARE has been taught to 300 kids and it only helps 1 child, then it is a monumental failure, like the present case, when youthful drug use is as big as ever. We should not be teaching our children that this is acceptable math. With those odds, Vegas would be a ghost town.North American citizens are united in ending the practice of caging humans for using cannabis, the United States federal government and DARE, is not.Just some of the reasons DARE can only fail.
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Comment #3 posted by p4me on January 16, 2003 at 19:58:48 PT
P.S. to comment2
The reason some people cannot see Busch as a puppet is they look for strings. He is not controlled by strings. He is controlled by his own narcissism. I would like to mention the article up at that interviews the former drug czar of Argentina at Here is yet another paragraph talking about the unbrand of cocaine from the CIA.But there are other paradoxes. Hardly anyone in Bolivia believes it is immoral to produce coca, but the government sets out to smash it. Then there is the paradox of success. The Americans measure success in drug repression in terms of arrests and pounds seized. But when the industry faltered here because US pressure deflected drug buyers from Brazil and Colombia and Peru, the price dropped, nobody sold, and activity was low. Arrests and seizures dropped, too, and that upset the Americans. They told Bolivian police they would lose their bonuses if they didn't make better numbers. How irrational! Then there is the paradox of competing anti-drug agencies. You would think the more drug fighters, the more efficient the drug war, right? In Bolivia, while the DEA was supervising the repression of coca, the CIA was profiting off drug laboratories and using the proceeds to hire Argentine and other Latin American military officers to teach the Contras all those lessons they learned in the dirty war. 
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Comment #2 posted by p4me on January 16, 2003 at 18:59:39 PT
Politicians are all colors except green
The word I think of most for politicians is they are narcissistic. Their reelection is of utmost importance because their desires outweigh the public interest they should promote. Busches words describing we must bomb Iraq because he is "sick and tireds" of improper paperwork is much more important than the interest of the welfare of America or the lives of the towelheaded Iraqis. We are supposed to wish to cure his illness and fatigue, I mean sick and tiredness because his feelings are so important.If I had to color the average Congressman, it would not be yellow. More like Presidential green, or maybe Hamilton green or Franklin green. I would say they are the green parrots of the plutocracy dogma. Busch is not a parrot. He is the dummy/puppet. He is a highly confused man that somehow sees himself as ruler instead of public servant. He is in for a long one-term fall.
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Comment #1 posted by null on January 16, 2003 at 17:40:50 PT
dare to wait for another study
John and Jane Q. Public were overheard commenting:"well... golly! six studies *certainly* isn't enough. obviously we need to fund another study and keep funding them until they come out with the right answer: That D.A.R.E prevents drug use, makes kids smarter, and allows parents to be less active in the raising of their children! Until then, I am panties-in-a-bunch about our government funding all these "so-called scientists" with their bunk studies!!"Or the real answer: DARE is irrelevant propaganda and a hodgepodge claptrap of ineffectiveness. It's funding should be withdrawn. Period....but of course all the politicians are yellow in the Land of the Pee and Home of the DrugWarKnave. ain't that right, p4me?? ;)
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