D.A.R.E.: Popular Program, “Negligible” Results


A new paper by the Center for Court Innovation and sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics examines the nearly 30-year-old Drug Abuse Resistance Education program which is still used in 75 percent of American school districts, despite several studies showing that it has limited or no positive effect, and one 1998 study that found it actually increased teen drug use. In “Lesson From the Battle Over D.A.R.E,” the authors explore why various districts kept the program and found myriad reasons, including political influence and improved relationships with police.

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