Analytical Report

by mario


Executive summary

D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and the impact it had on the youth for the last 30 years. DARE was created by the Reagan administration to combat the war on drugs during the 80s there was a big epidemic with crack cocaine and when the white house decided to step in by creating awareness and programs like DARE some raise the question given more than a decade of tax payer money is it working? Data and hard research suggest its not in fact the number of kids and teenagers using drugs and alcohol has doubled since DARE was founded. Many people think DARE is a good for kids and allows them to be educated in the dangers of drugs and alcohol teaching teenagers about peer pressure and saying no to drugs. When the Department of Education and the Federal Drug agency did a inquiry and fact check the number of kids and teens using drugs is very high and the numbers are staggering. While many school districts are putting an end to the DARE program because they believe it's inefficient and a waste of money. The data collected sheds light on the program successes. For the past 32 years has DARE worked? Studies show it has not but DARE thinks otherwise and that the studies done are faltered and fabricated to cut DARE do to budget issues.


Researching and finding evidence on D.A.R.E. was really easy to research the reason for this is DARE is a government sponsored program funded by tax payers and for this reason results are monitored throw-out the years .There was a lot of data collected over 32 year span. The data collected was from creditable sources like Department of education Federal Drug Agency The U.S. Surgeon generals office and The National Academy for Sciences The U.S. accounting offices these sites I used for fact finding information. All these organization's I brought up are part of the U.S. government and they bring theses numbers and data to congress for further review in which it becomes public records. DARE program is a government program. All the data collected was from government sites that oversaw the DARE program.

Results Findings

The results from the Analytical report where shocking a early study conducted in the 90s show that DARE has little or no effectiveness against the use of drugs in teenagers. In fact in has increased. Lilienfield, a professor of physiology at Emory University wrote a book on DARE and his, study showed the program increased your child's chances of drinking or using drugs. According to a study done in 2012 reviled that 60% of school districts have eliminated DARE program since the mid 2000s in 32 states where data was available. For the school districts to eliminate DARE in there school brings up the question, Do the administrators and teachers think it works? What is shown and proven to work is three programs approved by the Department of Education. What is effective is project alert program its designed for middle school students it teaches drug abstention norms reasons to obtain and resistance skills. Life skill training program teaches general personal and social skills specific resistance skills and normative information. Strethen famililes program is a substance abuse prevention program for substance abusing families.


After doing a complete inquiry on the program D.A.R.E. there is substantial research. and evidence that it increases your child chances of drugs by 3%. A six year study from 1989 to 1996 concluded that the program increased suburban kids chances of drinking and or experimenting with drugs by 3% . Many of the students said that the DARE message and concept is repeated so much in school that the concept has lost meaning and has become tedious.Studies show having a police officer with a badge and gun in the room with kids using intimidation tactics which police are trained in,and will not hesitate to use. This instills fear for authority instead of talking to parents about there experience with drugs and experimentation in fear of a police officer coming to arrest them. In the beginning, the program focused on "zero use policy" and having kids sign a pledge never to use drugs or join a gang. This approach, mainly ignored the scientific evidence of drug addiction by law enforcement, politicians and policy makers. Over the years, studies by various Universities found that attempts to teach kids about drugs they never heard of or had any sort of life experience with only served to increase their curiosity and interest. With the passage of laws by some States legalizing cannabis, the funding for this program has been reduced from 10 million in 2002 to 3.7million in 2010.


What I have reached and found was that the DARE had to many negative flaws to be apart of any school district. Although good in its intent to educate elementary children about the dangers of drugs and what happens in the real world, and what the police officer has seen and experienced in the force is a little bit over the top for kids 7 and 8 years of age.

What kids see and hear is absorbed into their developing brains and to have a bias police officer cop come in and expose children to street life with gangs and drugs is counter productive the cop never shows his face to the parents some say that's very controversial and study shows it doesn't work. Kids observing their Parents, friends and relatives legally abusing cannabis, and prescription drugs as well seeing the glorification of drug profits in the Media, DARE appears to be past its time in its potential effectiveness.

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