Pubdate: Sat, 23 Feb 2002
Source: New Scientist (UK)
Section: Page 52
Copyright: New Scientist, RBI Limited 2002
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth
Bookmark: (D.A.R.E.)


Anyone who has read the research on DARE knows what a sham it is-and what a 
very expensive sham (2 February, p 44). DARE's attempts to "educate" our 
children about drugs can have the indirect effect of killing them. In 
effect, when you teach kids that cannabis is to be lumped with heroin, 
crack, methamphetamine and all the other dangerous, addictive and deadly 
substances (which cannabis has been proven not to be) the murder begins.

Sooner or later many (most?) of those kids will experiment with cannabis. 
They will learn the truth that it is relatively harmless-and much less 
harmful, dangerous, addictive and deadly than the legal drugs alcohol and 
tobacco. They will conclude that they were lied to about heroin and 
everything else. We now have record numbers of teen heroin deaths.

Myron Von Hollingsworth,

Fort Worth, Texas
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