Pubdate: Sat, 25 Jul 2009
Source: Rockford Register Star (IL)
Copyright: 2009 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Author: Ron Harper


There is a push to rework the DARE program because there are several 
very credible studies that indicate DARE does not work and, in many 
cases, encourages drug experimentation and drug use by youth.

The surgeon general of the United States and the head of the National 
Institute on Drug Abuse have looked at the data, and both have stated 
DARE doesn't work.

Dennis Rosenbaum, head of the Criminal Justice Department for the 
University of Illinois, found in a six-year study that DARE kids used 
the same amount of drugs as non-DARE kids. Over $220 million a year 
is spent on DARE programs funded primarily through municipal taxes 
and donations.

Isn't it about time we had a wake-up call and pull the plug on DARE?

I applaud Loves Park police Chief Pat Carrigan. It might be a 
budgetary issue but, realistically, officers used for DARE can better 
be utilized elsewhere within their departments.

- -- Ron Harper, Roscoe
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