100 Ideas for New Paltz

38. re-think the DARE program

Posted in education by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Reform, phase out or eliminate the DARE program – studies have shown it has little or no positive effect and can in fact have the opposite impact as intended. DARE undermines it’s own message by equating all drugs as equally bad, which does not match the reality experienced when DARE graduates become teenagers.

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  1. John House said, on April 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Dare has been dropped! So we can drop this one. Yeah! We at the NP Youth Program now use a program called Project Alert in the middle school. It seems to be slightly more effective, if one is to believe the RAND research (http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB4518-1/index1.html). It is also a hell of a lot cheaper as far as I know.


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