Dare...is it really all it's cracked up to be?
I've had a big problem with DARE. I've always wondered
why youth substance abuse has increased at about the same rate that the
number of DARE programs have been initiated around the country. Coincidental?
Not really. However, let's talk generalities here. There are some dedicated
people in law enforcement who genuinely believe they are helping out. Kids
come out of the program swearing they will never use drugs yet sadly by
the time they become seniors most all will have smoked pot or drank alcohol.
What's going wrong here? Here are my concerns:
Here's some pretty good articles pro/con on DARE.
Also go here if you want to get
a bunch more articles. Here's an anti-Dare
website as well as their official
National site. Here is the local
link to the sheriff
of Rowan County
Program is run by a politically motivated entity like
your local sheriff. Is he really serious about having a good program or
about getting re-elected? All to often, I believe it's the latter.
Public school systems, community groups and parents
all to often use DARE as a crutch thinking that this absolves them of there
on-going duty to teach kids to stay high on life. Substance abuse prevention
requires constant reminders. No 10 -12 week class in 5th grade is going
to prepare kids for a society with such confusing attitudes on mind altering
I believe teaching kids in the fifth grade is way
too early. I recall reading a study done many years ago that pointed out
that kids when shown different types of drugs lost there fear of them.
I believe it was the Ford Foundation that did the study but I unfortunately
didn't save it. However, that's quite a revelation. In other words,
it's like saying 9 out of 10 kids say they won't use drugs AND they fear
them. However, after the prevention training in which they were show actual
drugs, over half were no longer afraid of drugs. They all stated however,
that they wouldn't use drugs. So my premise is that showing drugs just
helps them lose their fear of them. In time, that could be a contributing
factor in helping them decide to go with the crowd and use drugs.
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Sat, 14 Apr 2001 US CA: PUB
LTE: DARE's Lessons In addition, I learned more about new drugs through these programs than I did from all of my friends throughout the
years. The first time that we heard about Ecstasy was through an anti-drug program and by the end of the month many
of my friends had already tried it. If had not been for that program I would probably be ignorant of its existence today.
Mon, 19 Feb 2001, CN BC: Guest Column: When It Comes To Drug-Abuse Programs
If "feel-good" programs like DARE were stopped, we'd likely see no change on the youth drug scene but we would have
more time and money to spend on our kids: money to buy necessary school supplies, time to teach necessary skills, and
resources to provide effective services to the kids who don't say "no" to drugs.
Fri, 17 Nov 2000: US UT: OPED: Students
Sound Off About Dare Program
only reason I went to DARE was so I could get a DARE T-shirt and go to
Raging Waters for five bucks." -- Chris Eaton, senior
Fri, 22 Sep 2000: US UT: Mayor Takes Heat For Quitting
``I know this is a net political
loss for me,'' Anderson said this week about his decision to eliminate
DARE - Drug Abuse Resistance Education - after its 10-year association
with Salt Lake City. ``But DARE is a complete fraud on the American people
and has actually done a lot of harm by preventing the implementation of
more effective programs.''
Mon, 24 Jul 2000, US TX:
University Checking D.A.R.E. Institute's Research
Mon, 17 Jul 2000, US WI:Oconomowoc
To Lose DARE
Sat, 15 Jul 2000 , US UT: Anderson
Plug On DARE
Fri, 30 Jun 2000, US NJ: LTE: Who
Says Dare Doesn'T Work?
Thu, 29 Jun 2000, US NE:
Editorial: No Tears At End Of DARE
Sat, 13 May 2000, US GA: DARE
Program Enjoys Popularity
Thu, 11 May 2000,
US NC: Editorial: Resisting DARE
Thu, 11 May 2000, US IL: District
96 Panel Proposes Changes To DARE Program
Thu, 11 May 2000, US
ME: OPED: DARE's Lessons Learned
Mon, 08 May 2000, US CT: Rift
Puts Dare On The Chopping Block
Mon, 01 May 2000 CN AB: Instructors
Dare To Take On New Roles "It's a program I really
believe in," Carpenter said. "It's a chance to work hands-on with
the Grade 6 students.One of the goals is to reach
youth at a younger age so we (the RCMP) have a positive influence on
them - rather than having to deal with them later when it won't be so
Mon, 01 May 2000 US CA: Kiwanis
Club Drops Donations To Simi DARE Program Reg Richardson
sought out his son for the answer to a simple question.
How far does a T-shirt go in the fight against drugs?
Thu, 27 Apr 2000 US VA: DARE
Officers Leaving Elementary Schools(going to middle schools) To
replace the DARE program in elementary schools, officials are developing
an anti-drug education program that will be patterned after one used in
Sat, 15 Apr 2000 US MI: OPED: DARE
Indoctrination Fails To Work And Ends Up Endangering Families
Tue, 28 Mar 2000 US OK: Board
Balks At Reversing DARE Cuts. Oklahoma's need
for a statewide criminal history computer network takes priority over helping
cities and counties start DARE -- Drug Abuse Resistance Education -- programs,
several board members said
Wed, 01 Mar 2000 D.A.R.E.
-- Failing our kids A special report in The Detroit News. Very extensive
news series. Should make eve the DARE officer's question the program.
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 US FL: What They Learned
In Dare Program (what kids write)
Sat, 05 Feb 2000 US AL
Huntsville-Last month, the City Council voted to pay $3.5 million to
seven young me who said they were sexually molested by a DARE officer in
Wed, 02 Feb 2000 US CA: Upland
Police Department Suspends Dare Program Citing lack
of manpower, the Upland Police Department suspended its DARE program this
week, but members of the community DARE committee say they will fight to
get it back.
Thu, 20 Jan 2000 US
MD My child was 9 years old during the program.
She and her friends still hold hands. Some still sleep with stuffed
animals, and most parents we know still shield their 9-year-olds from the
evening news. Yet the DARE program explained to her the difference
between Mexican heroin and Asian heroin, that drugs are injected as well
as inhaled, and that there is such a thing as an 8-year-old alcoholic.
Are there any studies that have evaluated the effectiveness of the DARE
program or the question of age appropriateness?
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 US CA: Recovering
Police Chief Provides Inspiration For DARE
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 US OK: Talihina
Board Fires Noted DARE Officer.
Sun, 26 Dec 1999; US MI: Drug
Resistance Program Goes Beyond Just A Dare. Smart moves replaces DARE
Sun, 19 Dec 1999:
US ID: D.A.R.E. Under Fire
August 1999, Vol. 67, No. 4, 590–593 ©1999 by
the American Psychological Association. Project
DARE: No Effects at 10-Year Follow-Up
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 US MI: Minneapolis Schools
Drop Out Of
Dare Program Instead, district officials say,
kindergartners through seniors will learn a new comprehensive health program
covering drug resistance and also everything from first aid to exercise
to emotional health to body systems.
Tue, 3 Aug 1999, US: Study
Fails to Find Value in DARE Program
Fri, 18 Jun 1999, US
CA: Editorial: Do We Dare Say It?
Tue, 9 Mar 1999: US
CA: Girl, 10, Dared To Scream
Sun, 27 Sep 1998: Source: New York Times (NY) JUST
SAY MAYBE: SECOND THOUGHTS ON COPS IN THE CLASS