D.A.R.E. Fails To Influence Teens From Drugs

D.A.R.E. Fails To Influence Teens From Drugs
Posted by FoM on July 30, 1999 at 10:07:00 PT
NORML Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
July 29, 1999, Washington, D.C.: The nations largest, federally funded teen antidrug program, D.A.R.E., has no longterm effect on adolescent drug use, a new study to be published in the August issue of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found. 
   "This study joins a growing body of academic research demonstrating D.A.R.E.'s ineffectiveness as a deterrent to youthful drug use," NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. "For this reason, numerous localities, including Houston, Oakland, and Seattle are scrapping the program."   Researchers tracked over 1,000 students who participated in the D.A.R.E. program in sixth grade. They re-evaluated the students at age 20, ten years after receiving the drug prevention education. The study found that the program initially influenced the students' perceptions toward drug use, but concluded that these changes did not persist over time.   "Some youth will use drugs and this will likely effect their lives in negative ways," said University of Kentucky psychologist Donald Lynam, who led the study. "We should try to do something for these youth, but D.A.R.E. is probably not the thing to do."For more information, please contact:Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation  (202) 483-8751. Articles:
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