Pubdate: Thu, 05 Aug 1999
Source: New Haven Register (CT)
Copyright: 1999, New Haven Register
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STUDY FAILS TO FIND VALUE IN DARE

A new study of the long-term usefulness of DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance
Education) raises questions about its effectiveness and popularity.

The study, published in this month's Journal of Consulting and Clinical
Psychology, found children who took the 17-week DARE course, taught by
police officers in elementary school, used drugs and alcohol at the same
rate 10 years later as children who learned about them in traditional health
classes.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by a
team of researchers at the University of Kentucky.

The study was harshly attacked last week by the president and founding
director of DARE, Glenn Levant, who charged that it used bad science and was
part of a vendetta by therapists against the program.

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