After going through the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and various "Anti-Drug" campaigns throughout my years of primary school. I've learned what worked, and D.A.R.E wasn't one of them. Studies started coming out in 1999, 2001 and 2007 and the results weren't good. The funny part is that D.A.R.E had a boomerang effect (Reverse Effect) on nearly all its tests. As can be seen by reading the full blog post, the program actually increased drug use! The program in which funds were dumped into year after year actually wasn't working at all.
I read through some of the official responses from D.A.R.E to the community and laughed at their responses. Being a student who experienced the program and saw first hand its results, I can tell you it didn't work. At all. Feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusion. This is just my opinion.
Why didn't it work?
From a perspective of a student who experienced the program.
- D.A.R.E brought candy. Why?
- D.A.R.E brought so much attention to drugs. Free this and free that, all with D.A.R.E. What is DARE? Drugs. It attracted attention to them.
- DARE in itself means experiment. What are drugs? Experiments. Even the naming sucked.
- D.A.R.E said that drug abusers will become losers and die. Just a little overkill for something that most kids ended up doing.