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Monday, March 20, 2006

Bellevue Smokes D.A.R.E.

Posted by on March 20 at 13:48 PM

D.A.R.E.—or “Drug Awareness Resistance Education”—is a school program that teaches little kids about the evils of drugs. It also encourages kids to trust the cops, narc on their parents, and view all drugs—pot in particular—as a one-way tickets to prison. Needless to say D.A.R.E. employs the kind of scare tactics that tend to backfire.

Once offered in nearly every school in America, D.A.R.E. has been in retreat for about a decade, as studies keep rolling in showing that the expensive program has no impact or the opposite of its intended impact:

…despite its widespread use and $209 million budget, DARE’s long-term effectiveness at deterring drug use has come under widespread questioning lately. A recent study of 1,800 Illinois elementary- through high-school students concluded that DARE doesn’t work—and may even increase drug use among some groups of kids exposed to it. An Indiana study also reported that DARE had little effect on drug attitudes among teenagers, finding that DARE graduates were actually more likely to have recently smoked marijuana than those who hadn’t taken the course.

Today’s King County Journal reports that Bellevue is the latest city to drop the D.A.R.E. program

At the end of this school year, the Bellevue Police Department will end its involvement in D.A.R.E., becoming the latest law enforcement agency in King County to drop the well-known drug and prevention program in public schools.

In calling for an end to his department’s 17-year involvement with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, Bellevue police Chief Jim Montgomery cited several studies stretching back more than 15 years.

They show, he said, that D.A.R.E. students are no more likely to avoid tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use when they get older than are other students.

This is, needless to say, very good news—particularly for those dope-smoking parents in Bellevue.

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It took two years after graduating DARE for me to learn that much of what we learned was misinformation or was plainly untrue. After that, I was just left with a lot of information about drugs. Thanks DARE!

I love the irony. D.A.R.E.'s scare tactics only made kids more curious about drugs.

I saw those D.A.R.E. films as a kid and the first thing I thought was, man those bad kids looked like they we're having a pretty good time partying.

It's kind of like telling kids, "See that big rollercoaster over there? Yeah the one that hands out cotton candy and free video game tokens at the end of each ride? Yeah, stay away from it. It's bad."

Now in no means am I trying to equate drugs with candy-offering rollercoasters, but when will parents learn that being open and honest about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll is the only way to ensure your children will make the right choices.

Until then, wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

But... but... now who will tell the children that one toke on the bong is equal to a month of slamming heroin?

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