Youth Drug Awareness Programs

Either in elementary school or middle school, most students go through an anti-drug program. The program that was common in the neighborhood I am from is call DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). The coordinators of DARE after years of low success rates have come to the conclusions that their program is not keeping kids away from drugs. 75% of the school districts across the country are taught by DARE. It helped start the “Just say No” campaign that was supposed to make students say no to drugs and raise their self-esteem. Instead, studies have found the program has been ineffective at keeping teenagers from trying Marijuana and that it actually lowers self-esteem. In fact, the studies showed that 20-year-olds who had DARE classes were no less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or fall in to peer pressure than students that did not take the DARE program. The question is what else can we be doing to keep the youth out of trouble and from starting to use drugs? Does the caucus have any proposals to improve upon DARE or a completely new program? Either in elementary school or middle school, most students go through an anti-drug program. The program that was common in the neighborhood I am from is call DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). The coordinators of DARE after years of low success rates have come to the conclusions that their program is not keeping kids away from drugs. 75% of the school districts across the country are taught by DARE. It helped start the “Just say No” campaign that was supposed to make students say no to drugs and raise their self-esteem. Instead, studies have found the program has been ineffective at keeping teenagers from trying Marijuana and that it actually lowers self-esteem. In fact, the studies showed that 20-year-olds who had DARE classes were no less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or fall in to peer pressure than students that did not take the DARE program. The question is what else can we be doing to keep the youth out of trouble and from starting to use drugs? Does the caucus have any proposals to improve upon DARE or a completely new program?

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