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Is the D.A.R.E. program good for America's kids (K-12)?

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  • +12 +46 -34 Jennifer Apr. 28, 2011
    "Two of my five children have graduated from the D.A.R.E. program. My oldest child won the D.A.R.E. speech contest at his school. I believe this program is good for kids because they are influenced by the media about drug use so often, it becomes routine. I don't want drugs to be a routine part of my children's lives and this program teaches how to resist the temptations of drug use. I do believe that it is not only up to the D.A.R.E. program, though, parents must use the program as an open door for communication with their children in order to really get the message through to children."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Dolphineus May. 4, 2012
      "Two of your five children graduated from D.A.R.E?
      Am I right to assume the other three have/had trouble with drugs?
      Or does your example show that more children avoid drugs without D.A.R.E than with the program?"
    • -2 +3 -5 Doug Nusbaum Apr. 29, 2011
      "Do not need 2500 words. The only evidence that Jennifer offers in support of a very costly program is: She believes that it is good. If her child wanted to go to a party because "she believed it was good" and "everyone was going" would Jennifer allow her child to go?"
  • +11 +40 -29 Zachary May. 6, 2011
    "I found it to help me and my brother and sister through DARE when i was in 3-6th grade. I probrobly personally would of attempted drugs if i didnt have the experience to resiest.. Plus as a kid i didnt know what drugs did so i thought whats the harm? I thank Dare for existing and i promote it for being their today"
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    • -2 +1 -3 tom Aug. 28, 2012
      "But it does not work Zachary"
  • +5 +29 -24 Anonymous Apr. 28, 2011
    "I believe in today’s world we have to influence young minds when their most impressionable. The D.A.R.E program did introduce me to what kind of drugs to stay away from (all of them) I would never have known to stay away with out this program."
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    • 0 +4 -4 doug nusbaum Apr. 29, 2011
      "And when you have a disease that includes a symptom of uncontrollable nausea will you not use marijuana? How about if you have cancer? Will you not use cancer even though it has been demonstrated to have anti tumour properties (Probably one of the reasons that there are no known cases of marijuana caused lung cancer)

      Of course you will, because you will defer to authority even it if kills you. By did you know that the leading cause of funding for terrorists is the illegal drug trade? Not profits from beer, but from drugs"
    • -3 0 -3 Sean (14 year old) Feb. 9, 2012
      "What you just described is considered brainwashing my friend. Even knowing that very little of what they teach is fact, you still support this view?"
  • +5 +32 -27 Charles Apr. 28, 2011
    "Though I openly advocate for the legalization of drugs, I believe the D.A.R.E. program to be valuable to reduce drug use amongst minors. The program should NOT be used as a de facto spying tool against students' parents and friends (this has been reported to be the case in SE New Hampshire - at least in the past) but should remain strictly an educational venue to keep children away from drugs during the growth spurt years."
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  • +2 +2 0 jhon Apr. 3, 2014
    "i really like this program because this helped me in 5th grade it made me stop doing drugs it helps do alot to people"
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  • +2 +3 -1 jose Apr. 3, 2014
    "im a pro because iknow that some kids are still going to do drugs in the future but we could save half of the kids"
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  • +2 +3 -1 michele Mar. 31, 2014
    "pro: yes the D.A.R.E program changed my life I was 11 win I was in the D.A.R.E program in Naples Florida my teacher was deputy dory the total grows out video changed me forever...... I primmest myself to never do that so trust the pros when they say D.A.R.E is a good program."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Jieun May. 15, 2013
    "It's better than not getting any education on what harmful effects the drugs do to your body, than staying ignorant. D.A.R.E. is just a base knowledge(a setting stone) that we can give to kids at an early age, so that they can make a healtier, better choice for their body."
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  • +1 +1 0 javonjohnson Apr. 7, 2014
    "yes this is good because this can convince the kids not to use drugs also it help them to talk to people and it can give u a better life spand love u guys that my comment"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Chloe Nov. 18, 2013
    "D.A.R.E is a way for people to meet the officers in their community, and it works against the use of drugs. I am all for it."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Karlie Nov. 12, 2013
    "D.A.R.E has helped me with many things. It helped me quit smoking. I am 14 years old. IT HELPS TEENS LIKE ME!!!! People may not realize but the reason why many people don't smoke, do drugs, and drink is because of the D.A.R.E program. People should take it because it helps some people, others not. If people take this program, you will then realize that you want to stay away from all these things as far as you can. People. Need. To. Join. You can learn from all these things they teach you!"
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  • +1 +27 -26 Anonymous Apr. 28, 2011
    "If it weren't for the D.A.R.E. program in elementary school, I wouldn't know the facts about drugs growing up. Hearing about things from your peers is not reliable, as they are just as young and naive as you. Parents might not necessarily tell you the truth, if they even talk about it."
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    • 0 0 0 codi Mar. 23, 2012
      "i totally agree with you and it really does help kids"
    • -2 +3 -5 doug nusbaum Apr. 29, 2011
      "I'm sorry. You actually believe that the government tells the truth about drugs? I doubt that you could produce a single page from any government produced article on drugs that did not have at least one lie in it. I do not mean a difference of opinion, but an actual factual lie as supported by evidence."
  • 0 0 0 william jones Apr. 15, 2014
    "i think dare is good because then kids will learn what smoking and drugs do to their body"
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  • 0 0 0 J.u.v Apr. 15, 2014
    "Yes because it let's you learn about drugs alcohol and other things and it let's you know that they are bad for you and most teachers that teach it tell them not to do it because of the reasons they are bad for you like they can kill you or damage your brain. It can give you cancer."
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  • 0 +1 -1 JavonRa'quelJohnson Apr. 7, 2014
    "this helps the kids because it convince the kids not to use them and help them help people help them to stay off drugs all so u can have a better life spand and i love to give a shout to my fam and kin focks love u guys and friends <3<3<3"
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  • 0 +7 -7 chelsey caudill Jul. 10, 2013
    "because i had this program in my school and it showed me the type of person i never want to be. I am now a college student and still wear my dare shirt because this program changes children lives,"
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  • 0 +6 -6 April Apr. 23, 2013
    "I LOVED D.A.R.E. as a child! I learned so much and became close with the police officers on duty."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 24, 2014
    "Yes!! I took DARE in fifth grade and I loved it! I learned so much. It made me not want to smoke. And it reduces peer pressure when peers don't want to smoke either. I proudly promote DARE."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Vanessa Jan. 17, 2013
    "the D.A.R.E PROGRAM IS GREAT FOR KIDS .... it has helped kids everywhere .... and i don't think any of them got into drugs or even once thought about doing drugs because the program is great it deffinently helps .. if you want your kids to stay away from drugs i say sign your kids up for the D.A.R.E program."
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    • 0 0 0 5th grade dad Apr. 19, 2013
      "typical of DARE supporters -- "we want it to work, so we say it's great". Empirical evidence: the day before DARE graduation kids in 5th grade were passing around nicotine gum and it was even more popular when one of the kids pointed out that nicotine was one of the addictive parts of cigarettes. Yup DARE really convinced those kids to abstain! DARE is a desparate attempt by well meaning but unthinking people to try and solve a problem they are really not equipped to tackle. But who's going to dump a lot of education on a police officer?"
  • -1 +10 -11 Danielle Sep. 26, 2012
    "I took D.A.R.E when i was in school and i am still drug free and still not planning on being a drug user"
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  • -1 +9 -10 codi Mar. 21, 2012
    "I have been through the D.A.R.E. program for 2 years and I think it is good for children because it teaches them to make the right choices and to not do drugs because i had a family member that got caught for doing drugs. But I am not ever going to do drugs at all."
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  • -2 +3 -5 kerry Nov. 7, 2013
    "my son did this program in middle school and loved his teacher. she retired shortly after his graduation so my youngest didn't do the program. it's very informative and interactive with the police officer doing the class. I recommend getting these programs up and running and back into the school systems."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Naomi Dec. 5, 2012
    "just because something isn't evidence based doesn't mean it's unreasonable. many things in this world are unexplainable in science. not everything has to be proven for it to be true, and D.A.R.E. helps prevent drug abuse. so what if it's not scientifically proven? that doesn't make it okay to stop the program, which is helpful to many kids."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Naomi Dec. 5, 2012
    "drug abuse leads people to depend on others for money and sometimes housing, and they come to depend on the drug. some people get addicted because they can't bear a situation, or they can't bear themselves, and i don't think anyone should have to do that to escape from something. drug abuse is an issue that prevents some people from having an opportunity, and they spend part or all of their life away in a different place, away form everyone. this is a depressing situation. it shouldn't be allowed to happen more. D.A.R.E. helps stop that, and it is completely necessary to prevent drug abuse."
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  • -4 +6 -10 Katie Morris Oct. 11, 2012
    ""I'm a 6th grader at James Bridger middle school and in 5th grade I graduated from D.A.R.E. It tought me to never use drugs and my D.A.R.E. officer was the best one ever!""
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  • -4 +13 -17 susanne Feb. 10, 2012
    "I think it is the most positive approach to bringing down the enemy of our entire society!!! I can say that enough...coming from a background of drug users and loosing to dear ones to this most insidious of all powers. It is a power and it has taken countless lives and will continue to if we allow it to stay covered up and not exposed for what it is. It attacks the naive and the innocent children and them grabs them by the throat and takes them to places they would not of gone. Please continue to work to protect our children and TELL THEM THE TRUTH!!! Bless all who are willing not to just sit and allow this permeate our society because it's 'uncool'. Who cares, our kids are suffering. Find a heart of compassion and help END THIS BATTLE. I say hit the drug dealers where it hurts and BRING THEM DOWN with knowledge and exposure. PRAISE GOD!

    It is such a shame we don't value our world or our children enough to attack this wicked substance that has invaded our very homes. Let's not call it cool or hip anymore; it's not good no matter what anyone says. There are too many excuses being used to promote this insidious substance. Let's stick to the facts and attack the enemy and bring it down. Elementary school is really not enough; we need it to continue to the end of school. High schoolers have the highest rate of drug use. We need to get parents more involved and we need banners on buses and cars promoting the positive things about not doing drugs. We need more spending in schools in all areas of knowledge. I just want the government putting themselves before our kids and their agenda! It's our money they are wasting - when will this end."
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    • +2 +2 0 wes May. 6, 2012
      "This "war on drugs" has been a waste and a failure, yes drugs can destroy lives. I've seen this first hand, The approach we take is obviously not working. It can destroy just as many lives as the drugs themselves. As for hitting the drug dealers where it hurts, the DEA needs to stop attacking doctors and dying cancer patients with medicinal marijuana and actually do real work.. Regulation rather than prohibition is a better solution."
    • +1 +2 -1 Sean (14 years old) Feb. 10, 2012
      "You state we need to "TELL THEM THE TRUTH" yet, that exactly the opposite of what they do in D.A.R.E. I can recall learning that the drugs MDMA and Marijuana were actually extremely dangerous and just as harmful as drugs like Heroine, yet in reality these are safer then even alcohol and tobacco! If you truly believe the children should know the truth, then end this program now."
  • -5 +4 -9 Kathy Nov. 25, 2012
    "Yes, it promotes a safe and trusting relationship between law enforcement officials, educators, and students."
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  • -5 +2 -7 kevin Nov. 1, 2012
    "I think D.A.R.E is really helpful and educational because it is telling kids what it can do to you."
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  • -5 +3 -8 lil Oct. 26, 2012
    "i think it is kids after school to keep them occupied and not get in trouble."
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  • -5 +8 -13 Lukas O. May. 14, 2012
    "Yes is can make kids wonder waht it feels like to be high Ect: but it does more good then bad!"
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  • -10 +15 -25 Maria Sep. 26, 2011
    "i wa in this program and not only did the school teach me but my PARENTS had to put part in the education D.A.R.E. gave me!!"
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  • -11 +8 -19 doug Feb. 23, 2012
    "there is alot less kids doing drug because of the d.a.r.e"
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    • +2 +2 0 wes May. 6, 2012
      "Have you actually looked at the statistics on these things?"

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  • +29 +53 -24 Victor Greywolf Dec. 9, 2011
    "I don't believe it works, because all it does is re-enforce the preaching of the "do as I say, not as I do" mentality that parents, and numerous other people do. If you want to keep your kids away from drugs and gangs, you have to tell them and also do it through example. Kids learn through example, not just words. Words are worthless IMHO. If a person is going to do something, they will do it because of either peer pressure, curiousity, or because of no feeling of recognition or acceptance. If people were not so shallow and superficial, and only worshipped beautiful people, instead of the majority, then maybe kids wouldn't need to do drugs, or join a gang, because of a feeling of acceptance. THAT is what kids are looking for, a place to belong, not what society or parents want them to be in. If parents would let kids make their own decisions and instead of pressuring them to do something, say the choice is theirs, and respect it, maybe they might not go to the drugs and gangs. Of course, somce do drugs to mask personal pain, such as abuse, or trauma, so that should be looked into more, instead of telling them how they should be instead. Something to think about."
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  • +23 +44 -21 Anonymous Apr. 28, 2011
    "I went through the DARE program in the 4th grade and as an adult haven't found it useful at all. Being taught to automatically refuse whatever substance the government deems 'harmful' today has no place in an education process that should encourage critical thinking and independent examination of evidence."
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  • +18 +40 -22 Lauren Wood May. 9, 2011
    "I went through the DARE program in 5th grade. I'm now in college, and instead of going to parties, I go to AA meetings and therapy sessions. The only thing I remember about the DARE program today, is those beer goggles they let you wear, and how cool everyone thought they were. I also remember them telling us how easy it is to get drugs and alcohol, but also how easy it is to say no. Never was I told that my biological predisposition would cause me to be unfortunate in the category of substance abuse. They herded every child into the same cookie-cutter category, despite background, and gave them a simple answer to a complex issue. Like I said, looking back all I can remember from the actual program is the "cool beer goggles" and being told to "just say no," which is a lot like giving a curious child information and then saying "but you can't use it." The program is a waste of money."
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  • +16 +30 -14 Ladie Jan. 4, 2012
    "It didn't help me at al!! :("
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    • 0 0 0 wizard101 rocks Jun. 5, 2012
      "i'm still in D.A.R.E. and well im 10 it has helped me alot im graduating tomorow "yay me""
  • +15 +25 -10 Sean (14 years old) Feb. 9, 2012
    "Dare is the reason I smoked pot. I was so outraged with the fact that they had lied to me when I discovered that most of their "facts" were based on flawed research or simply no research at all, that I rebelled and did as much as I could that they told me I should not. It began my distrust of authority, and opened my eyes to the constant propaganda and brain washing done to the youth by mass media and the government. Though I personally and glad I gained this enlightenment, those of you who justify censorship and lying to your children and don't want them to gain this insight need to stop D.A.R.E now and reinstate a trustable and competent view of authority in the youth."
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    • -1 +1 -2 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "I find your out of place anti-government dogma very amusing. But at the same time stupid. Telling potential drug users how many people die of overdoses every day isn't propaganda. Propaganda is lies, overdoses, crack babies, and people clawing there skin of to get a good needle spot is the truth, a fact.

      Also, sorry buddy boy but I wouldn't trust the logic to a pot head if I were you."
  • +15 +31 -16 Renee Jan. 5, 2012
    "This is a HUGE waste of time and money that gets put in someone else's pocket. I also went through the D.A.R.E. program in the fifth grade and I can actually say the only thing I recall is that it was a so called "drug prevention program" and we all were supposed to sign this poster or something that had " D.A.R.E. Just Say NO To Drugs" printed on it. By signing it we were promising to never use drugs. Two years later I smoked marijuana for the first time, and by the time I was 14 was using meth and have tried many other types of drugs. I have been through drug treatment programs as an adult and my opinion...they don't work. The money, time, and resources spent on this program could be better utilized towards academic programs, tutors, sports, art, and whatever else kids are interested in. These are the types of things that will help kids make wise decisions on their own by building confidence, giving them something to look forward too, something they want to strive for. Those types of ideas have far of a chance for preventing drug use among kids."
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    • +6 +8 -2 Victor Greywolf Jan. 7, 2012
      "I totally agree with you, Renee, especially on the waste of time. I say, if a person wants to do drugs, let them, when they die, one less piece of garbage to enhabit this earth, and one less non fan of mine. I really like what you said. That took alot of guts, and i salute you for it. DARE doesn't work, since it is crap. Probably came from someone trying to wina pulitzer prize, or someone trying to have one good thing in their life, so they can have someone write about them and boost their ego in the process. Some people will become addicts regardless, and that is sad, but if they want to destroy their lives, I say let them, and when they die, good riddance. End of story on my part anyways"
    • +1 +1 0 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
      "Wait, so why did you completely waste your life? DARE was annoyance to me and had no effect on me but I am not going to burn my life away for the smoke."
  • +14 +29 -15 Nicole Apr. 28, 2011
    "As a parent, I prefer to be the one to educate my child about drugs (legal and illegal), alcohol, tobacco, sex, religion, and politics. This is my job as a parent. It is not the job of police to attempt to indoctrinate children. D.A.R.E. does not teach children to think critically. It teaches them to fear the world."
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    • 0 0 0 Jeremy Rumbold Jul. 9, 2012
      "I agree with you completely. It's better for a parent to educate their children rather than a police officer. The problem with police officers is that they are NOT teachers. I was forced to go through DARE in 5th grade and all these years later I drink and I smoke so what. If DARE really did work then I would not do the action of drinking or smoking."
  • +13 +22 -9 Katherine Dec. 5, 2011
    "This program introduces the idea of drugs into many children's minds way before they would have learned about them on their own. I know numerous children that found drugs way too early because of D.A.R.E. Kids think the beer goggles are cool and the way they are described gives the depressed and bullied kids an idea of how to feel better even if it is not meant that way and for the other kids it teaches them that drugs they are supposed to take are bad and won't take their medicine or that their parents one glass of wine is an addiction. And by the time they hit highschool most teens are laughing at this program making motions of smoking and shooting up while it is going on. Unless they have been really effected by drugs in real life this is pretty much a pointless and counteracting program."
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  • +12 +35 -23 Robert Apr. 28, 2011
    "I thought this was a pretty neutral presentation except for the apparent assumption 'anti-drug programs' programs are appropriate. I don't think such a presumption would be made for a 'pro-drug program.' DARE is mainly a propaganda program, not an educational program. It takes positions on core matters of religious belief which are consistently biased against minority beliefs. It is politically biased. It doesn't belong in public schools for these and other reasons. It is more successful as a financial scam than anything else."
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  • +9 +32 -23 Elizabeth May. 8, 2011
    "My daughter went through the DARE program at her school. It was an exercise in attempted brainwashing. She would come home and tell me how wrong it was for me to have ONE glass of wine with my Sunday dinner or to have a beer once a month with my friends. At one point, I had to fight with her to take her prescription medications because some silly beat cop said that was still drug abuse.The information is confusing, contradictory and inflammatory.

    She is currently in rehab and *might* get to come home next month."
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    • +1 +3 -2 Anonymous Sep. 26, 2011
      "She just wanted to protect you from what she learned. There is no need to fight just try to she her that ok yes drinking is wrong and just do it for her!"
    • 0 0 0 Lukas o, May. 14, 2012
      "You are a huge liar she is not in rehabv and dont even try to tell me other wise a have done bad things on my life and an i a rehab no so get the story straight and post the TRUTH!!"
    • 0 0 0 Anonymous May. 6, 2012
      "hmm. who to listen to the cop or a doctor... Sure prescription meds can be abused. but legit medicinal use of prescription meds is not drug abuse. Amazing how ignorant cops are.. This is by no means against you or your daughter, just the ignorance of so many "law enforcement officers". I do hope your daughter makes it through rehab successfully and can stay clean.. you are very right saying DARE is a brainwashing exercise."
  • +8 +24 -16 Felicia Dec. 13, 2011
    "I think that the dare thingy program is flippen stupid we should be able to make our own choices cause if we want to do drugs let us if we want to steal let us if we want to make poor choices we'll just have to learn from our mistakes like beer it's really good but ends up up turning into violence."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "The best choices are made when all the facts are presented. Like the fact that most drugs turn you into a flipping zombie.

      .......brains.........or spleens, spleens are good to..................."
  • +6 +15 -9 Katie Dec. 8, 2011
    "I think this program COULD be useful, but the D.A.R.E Officers don't teach very much about the actual drugs. All I learned in the program is how to not give in to peer pressure."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "That is how most kids start doing it pressure from the idiots they kindly refer to as peers"
  • +5 +11 -6 Winn Apr. 2, 2012
    "D.A.R.E. is dangerous. I don't know if it's the same now, but when my kids were in school the program implied or stated as fact that all illegal drugs were the same. If they used, or observed use by their friends of marijuana and saw that there were no negative effects then the automatic assumption was that cocaine or opiates or whatever must be OK too. Thus D.A.R.E. directly contributed to the use of dangerous drugs.

    The other danger is the indoctrination of kids concerning family members. D.A.R.E. instructors are known to try to convince kids to turn their parents in for drug use, even for a little plant on the windowsill, "for their own good." What they were'nt made aware of was the probability that they would be taken from their homes and put into "protective custody" in foster home, and that their parents might go to jail for extended periods.

    It's a useless and dangerous program."
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  • +4 +14 -10 john Hunter Oct. 30, 2011
    "DARE does not touch on responsible moderate use of any substances. I am sure that the COPS that are holding the classes go home and help themselves to the substance of their choice. This is simply a goverment attempt to brainwash our children."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "I know a few, well, a million and a half cops who would beg to differ, one of which I know personally and on behalf of those cops, including hundreds killed in the line of duty. Your dear friend are dead wrong. True, some cops dive off the deep end. But there fellow officers are the first to arrest these individuals."
  • +3 +16 -13 Rev. John G. Youman Oct. 28, 2011
    "Like prohibition, DARE doesn't work. Also similar to prohibition it can tear families apart. How is it good for a child, when they are taken away from the parents for telling a Cop "mommy & daddy smoke marijuana"?
    And yes, it happens!
    It is Gov't Propaganda & a Waste of Taxpayers Money.
    Think about it...
    How much does DARE really lower the rate of drug use? None. Kids today start using drugs earlier than ever! Maybe the correlation of Dr's putting are kids on any & everything has something to do with it...IDK?
    Now Bring On The Hate!
    PS:
    I include alcohol as a drug. Why? Because it is!"
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    • +1 +1 0 wes May. 6, 2012
      "It is funny how alcohol is rarely referred to as a drug.. They always say Alcohol "AND' drugs."
  • +2 +4 -2 OAK Apr. 7, 2013
    "you know what actually may be a better approach then telling all kids just to say no and threatening them with jail for doing illegal substances.educating them on each and every drug and explain how some drugs are less dangerous then others.which means telling kids the truth about the pros and cons of drug use.i said pro for a reason marihuana has medical benefits that if used properly could be a better treatment for pain then any pain medicence in a pharmacy.actually why don't you also tell kids this the only person who will be affected by your drug use is you. if your going to do drugs then you need to learn how to do them responsibly and safely. its pointless to try to keep them afraid of all drugs. it will happen to some kid in there lifetime. so allow the government to be in charge of distributing drugs. this will kick dealers out of the picture and reduce violence since they can't profit off something the government is selling legally.the drug war will end since gangs can't solict drugs since no more cash can be made.also they might even be safer since they won't be cut with other drugs because they would need health regulations.make the legal age 21 though since it could impact development at a young age and decrimalize ok."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Paula Jul. 31, 2012
    "That money could go to educating, providing artistic and atheletic outlets, and afterschool programs. Children shouldn't have to worry about the threats of losing programs important to them. Family and parenting programs could be offered to break cycles of abuse and neglect. The police need to work the streets to protect the kids not the schools to ease their own burden. Let PSA's serve as deterents."
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  • +2 +9 -7 Jeremy Mar. 20, 2012
    "As a student who graduated from the D.A.R.E. program, I know first-hand, many students who also graduated from this program who use drugs currently. Beyond wasting money for a program that doesn't work, having this in place also reinforces the already skewed perception that adults have about the youth of this day."
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  • +2 +10 -8 jessee Nov. 16, 2011
    "im con because most kids do follow for a few years but eventually most of them give into pier pressure and do it anyway so all the money spent on the program was a waist of money"
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "well Jessee boy I'm sorry to say this but you obviously haven't been in the program. if you had you'd known peer (no pier) is something the officers put a big emphasis on."
  • +2 +17 -15 Bobby Jun. 4, 2011
    "I'm against D.A.R.E. because numerous tests have proven it is ineffective. D.A.R.E. is a waste of money which could be much better used."
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  • +2 +26 -24 Dave Apr. 28, 2011
    "I was in one of the first D.A.R.E. classes back in the dark ages. Fast forward a fairly insignificant amount of time later, I was an active alcoholic and drug addict. As it turns out, research shows that the vast majority of people who become substance abusers are predisposed to the problem in fairly detectable ways, usually through psychological testing and environmental / hereditary surveys. D.A.R.E. misses the point in two critical ways. First, it includes all children indiscriminately, irrespective of their overall likelihood of future substance abuse. Second, it has no measurable benefit in reducing abuse by those who are at higher risk. Public schooling has always been, to some degree, an exercise in indoctrinating children into prevailing public policy. However, programs that have a null - or worse, a reverse - effect are nothing but a waste of tax dollars."
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  • +1 +23 -22 Sawyer Apr. 28, 2011
    "I have two sons and the one that went though the Dare Program ended up on Drugs, shut it down it is giving them the wrong information about drugs."
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  • 0 +1 -1 jose Apr. 3, 2014
    "as a con i really dont think that it helps some children are going to ddo it anyways but we could save some of the kids that will not do it because of the progran we could save 5 or 10% atleast

    thanks"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
    "DARE was just an annoyance to me. In order to get a good grade you must have talks with your parents (talks which I have already had). I also see no proof that DARE has any major effect. Individual examples are useless, I want to see proof in data that DARE is discouraging enough kids from drugs to be worth the effort. If it was actually ensuring almost all kids will not do drugs, then I'm all for it. But I do not see any major effect, and I myself have forgotten the DARE teachings."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Vince Nov. 30, 2012
    "The D.A.R.E program is poorly constructed propaganda. When I was in school I learned that marijuana was as dangerous if not more dangerous than harder drugs. With alcohol being the only legal recreational substance I became an alcoholic. While hitting rock bottom I experimented with marijuana. When I found out how benign it truly was I wondered about the other drugs. Well, that didn't go over to well. But, marijuana? Still safer than tobacco or alcohol."
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  • 0 +4 -4 jay Oct. 8, 2012
    "my sister became hooked on heroin and she was top of her d.a.r.e. class"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Tom Aug. 28, 2012
    "It is proven not to work. the reason kids like it is reflectedin my daughters experience. We had this big fat cop who could not do jokes well and he taught us how not to be a bad crook like watching out for footpaths in the snow.
    DARE is part of the politicians program for jobs but at the expense of us citizens. Actually you can say that about the whole drug war, it is a jobs program based on hurting the people."
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  • 0 +5 -5 hi_katie@live.com May. 4, 2012
    "I grew up in a small town in upstate NY and attended a private, catholic school. Before the DARE program was added to our school schedule, I had never seen or heard of marijuana, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin, meth, LSD or something other mind altering substance. The word "stoned" meant, to me, what would happen to you if you were bad in biblical times. DARE education introduced the idea of getting "high" and living a glamorous and risky lifestyle, and for a little while, even made me want to be in a gang one day. It did educate me about the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol. By the time I graduated DARE education I had hounded my mother enough that she quit smoking. Today, I am 23 years old, unemployed and been living off of unemployment benefits for the last 2 years. I am an intravenous drug user, and the only drug i will not touch is heroin, thanks to my battle with prescription pain killers. These days, my drug of choice is methamphetamine. Everyone i associate with, in my "circle", had DARE education in school. I'm sure there are plenty of kids out there who have benefited from DARE, but in my case, I feel that i retained more information about how to get high on drugs, than how to say no to them."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Buzzby May. 4, 2012
    "DARE is a giant waste of taxpayer money and a cash cow for police departments. The $60,000 SUV that the government provided a local police department for an officer to drive between schools is only one example. The program is laughable - the kids think it's great to get out of "real school" for an hour to listen to some cop mouth empty platitudes"
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  • 0 +7 -7 aileen Maurno Apr. 25, 2012
    "DARE is the worst thing to happen to our family. My son began his drug and alcohol experimentation because of DARE. He learned about the various kinds of drugs that you get get right in your own home. Even if DARE claims not to teach how to do drugs, the students' conversations and question asking lead to information best left unlearned. We are furious with our son's school district for contributing to his permanent suspension."
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  • 0 +26 -26 doug nusbaum Apr. 29, 2011
    "Marijuana can kill you, if you drive and use marijuana. By that "logic" we should outlaw cell phones, and maybe even sleep. There is no known LD 50 for marijuan. It is one of the safest substances around.

    The profits from illegal drugs are the main source of funding for terrorists. If you are against making drugs legal along the lines of alcohol, you are supporting terrorists.

    We have more people in prison than any other country and far more per capita. About 1/2 of these are for drug related offenses.

    I have yet to see any evidence that our 50+ year war on drugs has in any way changed drug abuse among the general population. It is less successful that prohibition.

    Speaking of prohibition, why did we need an amendment to the constitution for that, but not to make certain drugs illegal? The most direct answer to that is an over-reaching federal government and a lying supreme court. A secondary answer is that if Black people used Alcohol, and whites used marijuana and narcotics, we would be eating Alice B Tokalis brownies, and would still have prohibition.

    The war on drugs is just another way to keep blacks in their place."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Middle Schooler Jan. 30, 2014
    "Because Honestly with the People in the world today. They wont pay attention. Half of the people in the word are using illegal Drugs every second of the day. The D.A.R.E Program isnt going to help at all coming from a student my self many people dont PAY ATTENTION to the day at all the DARE Program isnt helping the world. In some since its making it worse because its getting kids minds thinking about drugs and what they actually do so ITS MAKING IT WORSE IN THE WORLD. The problem with drugs isnt going to stop by this D.A.R.E program."
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  • -2 +4 -6 brianmendezl25@gmail May. 8, 2012
    "Heck NO! So as long as D.A.R.E. preaches "Just Say No" politics this is a real bad idea."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "well I think when you are Just Saying No to hallucinogens that turn you into a crack zombie. It's for the best"
  • -2 +14 -16 Bi is Beautiful Sep. 22, 2011
    "In my experience, the government deems a subtance illegal based on historical factors, rather than empirical evidence. DARE merely promotes the misinformed decisions of the past."
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    • -1 0 -1 wes May. 6, 2012
      "Marijuana, opium, and many other drugs have been used since the dawn of time.. It a waste of money and time to think they can actually stop drug use. You are very right in these so called drug education classes you never see any real stats on it."
  • -3 +1 -4 Shoe May. 22, 2013
    "When I was going to school, everybody just made fun of DARE. We all thought it was completely idiotic. Considering all my friends were geeks at the time, this is really saying something/"
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  • -3 +2 -5 5th grade dad Apr. 19, 2013
    "So the day before DARE graduation 5th graders had a group of kids passing around nicotine gum during standardized testing. The kid who brought the gum was ignorant, but after it was pointed out that nicotine is the addictive bit in cigarettes by a classmate the desire to get a piece of the gum only increased. Granted nicotine isn't the worst thing, but DARE didn't slow this one down at all. To boot, one of the gum kids won a DARE plush animal door prize at the graduation."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Dolphineus May. 4, 2012
    "Since 1992, the high rate of illicit drug use among youth has been steadily increasing.
    The GAO found that "all of the evaluations suggested that DARE had no statistically significant long-term effect on preventing youth illicit drug use."

    How can anyone say a 2 billion per year program is effective or good when the results are so obviously bad."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Bart May. 3, 2012
    "There are instances of the children turning in their parent(s) based on the D.A.R.E. lectures."
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    • +1 +1 0 ? May. 6, 2012
      "God forbid some kids parents like to smoke a little weed now and then.. Unless their parents are abusing them, all their going to do is destroy the kids life by taking them away from their parents."
    • -1 0 -1 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "I think you're forgetting the part where you explain why this is a bad thing. I'm sorry but it really doesn't matter if it's once an hour or once a month. Unless the drugs are medical and being treated properly, then it's illegal. The law applies to everyone. And it also doesn't matter who the heck is turning them in, a little court mandated rehab can be good for the soul"
  • -3 +4 -7 Nobody May. 3, 2012
    "The more people learn about drugs the more ways they find out how to use it. So whats the point of having this program more kids are just going to do more drugs."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "If you expect perfection you'll fail every time, that's my motto. Speaking as someone who has been in the dare program and knows about a lot of drugs and the grossly negative effects they can have on people, I can tell you dare teaches you about drugs and it gives the whole truth. Including the part about how over half of drug uses die before age 25, and the part about how some people rip there skin off trying to find a good needle hole. But some kids are just too conniving and overly rebellious for there own good. Luckily those are a minority."
  • -3 +9 -12 oscar meyer weiner Feb. 8, 2012
    "What I believe about this program is it just tells kids new drugs so they will go out and get as high as a kite"
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "It also tells you the fact that inhalants can make you choke on your own vomit. Pot, and a lot of other drugs, turn your brain to mush. And overdosing on pills or shots will make you die a violent horrific death. Not to mention how some people claw there skin off to find a good place to stick a needle. Or how the hallucinations LSD gives can make you jump of a building because you think you're a bleeping bird. Or the fact that- well, if I tell you that one you may lose your lunch."
    • -1 0 -1 aileen Apr. 26, 2012
      "I agree. This happened to my son. And the school takes NO responsibility."
  • -3 +12 -15 Anonymous Dec. 1, 2011
    "i took DARE when i was 11 and all did was couse the kids to be curious about it and as they hit teen age the rebelion sets in thats the first thing they try im sosphmore now in highschool and it does not work !!!"
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  • -4 0 -4 Anonymous Nov. 18, 2013
    "O.k seriosly, I did not learn anything from the D.A.R.E, I already knew not to do drugs, I mean come on people. Doing drugs is like slowly killing yourself! Why do you need a class on it? Now more kids are doing it because they learned about it."
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  • -5 +1 -6 ARTHUR VIDATO Nov. 7, 2013
    "THE DARE PROGRAM IS "A FRAUD": COPY AND PASTE: CIA PLANE CRASHES WITH FOUR TONS OF COCAINE INFOWARS: THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS FOR HEROIN POPPIES, NOT THE "PHONY WAR ON TERROR"!!!
    THE GOVERNMENT, AT THE TOP, ARE SERIOUSLY CORRUPT; THE DARE PROGRAM IS A FRONT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT DRUG ABUSE: OUR GOVERNMENT/MILITARY/C.I.A. ARE "THE REAL DRUG DEALERS"!!!
    THERE IS A REAL REASON WHY GEORGE BUSH SR., EX HEAD OF THE C.I.A., WAS CALLED "POPPY BUSH"!!!"
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