Pubdate: Fri, 21 Jun 2002
Source: Daily Reflector (NC)
Copyright: 2002 Daily Reflector
Author: Christopher Ruff


I didn't see David Schmidt's letter June 10 in opposition to D.A.R.E., but 
I did see Sheriff Manning's response June 16. For folks who are interested 
in the real deal on D.A.R.E., I suggest you go to and see 
the proof for yourself. D.A.R.E. not only does not work, not only is a 
criminal waste of tax payer dollars, but some evidence suggests it is 
actually counterproductive.

Studies done here in North Carolina (most notably at the Research Triangle 
Institute) have shown the D.A.R.E. students are more likely to use drugs 
than their non-D.A.R.E. educated peers.

These studies have caused Fayetteville, N.C. and other cities across the 
U.S. to end their D.A.R.E. programs.

Over $230 million is spent every year on D.A.R.E., despite the fact that 
the U.S. General Accounting Office reported, "There is little evidence so 
far that [D.A.R.E. and other 'resistance training' programs] have reduced 
the use of drugs by adolescents."

As to the asset forfeiture Sheriff Manning lauds in his letter, it is a 
fact that in the U.S., over 80 percent of forfeited assets are seized from 
persons who have never even been charged in total violation of the Fifth 
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "No person shall be deprived of life, 
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private 
property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

The sheriff is supposed to protect the rights of citizens of Pitt County, 
not violate them in the name of funding programs that are actively 
counterproductive and serve only as political pork.


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