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

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  • +44 +97 -53 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 +4 -6 Joe May. 8, 2014
      "Yes this program may have helped you with the drug abstinence but police officers should not have taught you it should have been an actual teacher instead of a police officer basically taking time off his job and teaching you."
    • -4 +5 -9 tom Aug. 28, 2012
      "But it does not work Zachary"
  • +39 +88 -49 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 +5 -4 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?"
    • 0 0 0 Layla Apr. 16, 2018
      "That is awesome that your son won my kid is working on theirs."
    • -3 +4 -7 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?"
  • +28 +36 -8 Janie May. 7, 2014
    "Yes because it is known as the most prevalent drug abuse prevention in the United States or even the whole world. It says it prevents kids from using drugs. Taking the D.A.R.E program is very inspirational to others because for you to pass the program you have to complete a student workbook, a D.A.R.E essay, have good attendance, follow D.A.R.E and school rules, and be a good role models and citizens. The D.A.R.E's TCYL course was better for students. They say that if a child was to start smoking marijuana in 7th grade they were less likely to use marijuana by 11th grade."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Rocky May. 9, 2014
      "If D.A.R.E. Is the most prevalent drug abuse prevention in the US, then I'd hate to see how the other programs are doing. The program isn't really that effective and just because the student passes the workbook and essay doesn't mean that they will follow it in future years."
  • +22 +35 -13 Riana Rimer May. 7, 2014
    "I do think that D.A.R.E should be allowed in schools. Only because it's teaching the students to not do drugs. However, the program does cost a lot of money and is not very effective. Some students on the website say that the program helped them, which is great, but some people are saying that it didn't help them and that it made it worse. That because of D.A.R.E, their drug use is worse. Also some parents comment saying that they don't need this program to teach their children about drugs and other topics."
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    • +2 +2 0 Kayla E May. 9, 2014
      "I agree. You have very good points!"
    • -1 +1 -2 mike May. 13, 2014
      "they just brain wash the kids and make them believe that all drugs are the same and that if you do drugs your automatically a bad person but that's not always true"
    • -2 0 -2 robert May. 9, 2014
      "My response yes its teaching kids not to do drugs but its showing u how to do drugs were to get them and how they make u feel if we wonted something like the dare program your parents should talk to u not some officer who is paid to say don't do drugs"
  • +19 +23 -4 Alyssa May. 12, 2014
    "I think the D.A.R.E program should be allowed in schools because it is said to be one of the most prevalent school-based substance abuse prevention program in the United States, and even if only one or two kids are getting help from this program, that is one less person getting addicted to drugs or dying from a overdose."
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    • +1 +1 0 Julia May. 13, 2014
      "Although one kid is getting help, it is still wasting a lot of money for the state and/or police. We have to consider that. If a kid is getting help from DARE, then they should be able to receive equal help from their parents. DARE is teaching kids about drugs, but in some cases giving too much away and the kids take advantage. Yes, I believe drugs are bad, but we have to look at the bigger picture."
  • +15 +19 -4 timothy May. 12, 2014
    "I think that D.A.R.E should be used in the elementary threw middle schools and even the high schools because students don't need to be using gateway drugs students especially don't need to be using inhalants!! These kinds of drugs will put you behind bars and if u even pushes it too far it could end up in death!! Students who purchase and use tobacco products I think should be able to do as they want if they want to put there life at risk by getting emphysema or getting mouth cancer!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 anonymous May. 13, 2014
      "I agree, you have great points!"
  • +15 +48 -33 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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  • +12 +19 -7 Micheala May. 8, 2014
    "I am pro! I think the D.A.R.E program should be used in the k-12 system because it could help the younger kids know that if they are ever pressured into something, they would know their response should be no because of what they were thought by the program. I think that this program does help because kids learn things better when they are younger and when people tell them something so many times, it gets stuck in their head and they know what to do. I am for this program because it may not help some people but they are trying and it could help alot in the future."
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  • +11 +15 -4 Paige May. 19, 2015

    I think we should have D.A.R.E because it teaches kids the consequences of using drugs. I see if they show and say every kind of drug then it teaches the kids about the different kinds of drugs. That shows them the kinds they might be able to use to think they look cool with. Every one else knows they look horrible with it . I think it is good for kids to learn about drugs at a young age because then they won't make bad mistakes when they grow up. Also drugs cost a lot of money and that could lead to going broke when they grow up because it's an addiction. It could help the future of America to take D.A.R.E because they will learn the consequences of using it."
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  • +11 +15 -4 Kayla E May. 9, 2014
    "I think the D.A.R.E. program should be used in the K-12 system. Not everyone's parents talk to their kids about drugs and the effects they can have. The police officers who teach D.A.R.E. have to complete a two week training program in order to teach the kids. Also students must complete a work book, an essay, have good attendance, and follow D.A.R.E. and school rules. It's also the most prevalent drug abuse prevention program in the U.S., and it's often referred to the most prevalent drug abuse program abuse prevention program in the world."
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  • +11 +19 -8 Riana May. 8, 2014
    "I do think that D.A.R.E should be allowed in schools. Only because it's teaching the students to not do drugs. However, the program does cost a lot of money and is not very effective. Some students on the website say that the program helped them, which is great, but some people are saying that it didn't help them and that it made it worse. That because of D.A.R.E, their drug use is worse. Also some parents comment saying that they don't need this program to teach their children about drugs and other topics."
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  • +11 +21 -10 kia May. 7, 2014
    "yes, if it wasn't for the D.A.R.E program, you wouldn't have known the harm to drugs and what they could have done or what was and what wasn’t a drug. But it's always up to your parents to teach you about that stuff."
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  • +11 +21 -10 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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  • +11 +20 -9 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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  • +11 +41 -30 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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    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous May. 7, 2014
      "I agree with this I haven't taken this class but if it teaches you about the drugs and what they do to you I think it is a great class."
    • -1 +4 -5 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"
    • -5 0 -5 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?"
  • +10 +15 -5 michael May. 9, 2014
    "My opinion to D.A.R.E is that the program costs a lot of money but then again it can teach kids about safety and not to use drugs. But then again I do see were the program has a negative effect based on the facts that they give to the students about drugs and if the students are introduced to new drugs they might want to try and use."
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  • +8 +11 -3 TAeler Apr. 21, 2015
    "I think D.A.R.E is great and they should keep on doing what they are doing"
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  • +8 +12 -4 terra Dec. 3, 2014
    "I personally think Dare is a good thing to get started for kids because there are kids that already do drugs and it is not a good idea drugs are bad for you anyways."
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  • +8 +10 -2 Janessa Nov. 17, 2014
    "DARE is a very important thing we should be learning. In dare we learn all of the negative effects of drugs. It helps kids understand the importance of being drug free."
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  • +8 +17 -9 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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  • +6 +14 -8 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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  • +4 +13 -9 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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  • +3 +12 -9 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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    • +1 +1 0 timothy mizell May. 12, 2014
      "if the program really helped you then why dont you tell us how it helped you so others can try and do what you did and stop doing the lame worthless drugs!!! and how would you know it helped other people!!"
  • +2 +3 -1 dare helper Feb. 16, 2017
    "yes because it helps kids and teaches them to stay off drugs and alcohol .It teaches them what is right and wrong, and to identify the problem through ways they understand like stories and answering questions."
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  • +2 +13 -11 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 +18 -17 ridge May. 7, 2014
    "I m pro for this because it will help kids stay out of trouble and become successful in life instead of becoming addicted to drugs."
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    • +2 +3 -1 chris May. 8, 2014
      "talking to somebody is not going to help them stop doing anything or help them stop. if somebody tells you to stop talking in class do you stop talking?"
    • +1 +1 0 Austin May. 9, 2014
      "I agree with chris what teenager or even younger kid is actually going to fully listen. most the time when a kid finds something they like or enjoy doing when someone says to stop they don't do it."
  • +1 +12 -11 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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  • +1 +13 -12 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 +15 -14 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 0 -1 Alison May. 9, 2014
      "That is very true about giving young kids education about drugs but still at the end of the day if they want to do drug they will and therefore the money we put into giving them that education is a huge waste of money and a huge waste of someone time."
  • +1 +18 -17 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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  • +1 +36 -35 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 Julissa May. 12, 2014
      "It is good that the program teaches students about drugs but it's the parents who should teach them. If you wanted to save the money then do your own research in a health class."
    • 0 0 0 codi Mar. 23, 2012
      "i totally agree with you and it really does help kids"
    • -1 +4 -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 +1 -1 landen Nov. 28, 2016
    "this is so dumb deputy nehmer is the best dare teacher and he tought us to not do drugs not ecourage us to do them this is outrageous."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Carissa Nov. 3, 2016
    "I think it would be a lot more effective if other DARE officers were as funny as Officer Fout and said that he would tase our face off if he found us using drugs."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Jason Miller May. 26, 2016
    "I think d.a.r.e. helps kids and I would know because I take d.a.r.e. and it gets kids not interested in drugs and alcohol and kids that do it know what will happen because they do it them selves even when the d.a.r.e teacher says not to they go and do it so it is their fault."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Allyson May. 25, 2016
    "I think that the D.A.R.E Program is a good idea. In the next 3 paragraphs I will tell you why it is a good idea.

    According to the U.S substance abuse and mental help administration participants in the D.A.R.E program lower alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use than students who did not receive the program.

    If D.A.R.E can prevent even one child from becoming addicted to drugs or dying from a drug overdose then it is worth funding.

    A 2007 survey showed 95% of 5,376 kids surveyed felt the program helped them "decide against using drugs in the future"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Bridgett Mar. 25, 2016
    "I think that the D.A.R.E program is great for kids teaching the kids what's right and wrong. Also what drugs and alcohol can do to you.The dare program has helped lots of students stay away from things like that. Police officers tell you everything about it and what the consequences can be.I think the dare program is a great thing!"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Andreas Mar. 21, 2016
    "The first reason is that this it teaches children not to be afraid of police officers. The cops teach the program. Having the police teach the program helps kids learn that cops are friend and not foe. It teaches kids that the cops are there to help,not there to harm. I know from experience that seeing some one like that can be scary. My dad is a firefighter and the first time my five year old brother saw him in all of his gear was scared to even talk to his own dad.

    The final reason is that it teaches them to say NO to peer pressure. I'm sure everyone has had that moment when your friends say "come on just do it we won't tell" yeah. Peer pressure. Doing the D.A.R.E. program the kids learn to say no to certain peer pressure,such as drugs. When some of your friends do drugs and they say "come on you know you want to." After you say no that's peer pressure. And you know just say no. If they start to get mean like " come on. Your being a dumb baby" you know and say to them no I'm not going to and walk away. D.A.R.E. helps you do that."
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  • 0 +2 -2 james Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think that the dare program is good for America's kids. Cause it help kids stop doing drugs that can endanger them or others."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Andrew johns Jan. 6, 2016
    "If it wasn't for D.A.R.E I wouldn't be here now typing this I live in a drug town and I would be addicted to god knows what!!! When I went trough D.A.R.E I started to think about the people in my town and being thankful I'm not going to be like them now or ever."
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  • 0 +7 -7 PTP Mar. 4, 2015
    "D.A.R.E is awesome"
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  • 0 +6 -6 na Feb. 4, 2015
    "dare has helped me to become more oped minded towards drugs and alcohol abuse"
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  • 0 +6 -6 jordyn Jan. 7, 2015
    "I found that the dare program helped a lot of people cause it tells you what drugs and alcohol does to your body. I'm in dare right now in school and I know it can be boring at times but it helps people immensely to help u know what drugs and more do to your body."
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  • 0 +11 -11 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 Kayla May. 8, 2014
      "It is like basic common sense of what smoking and drugs do to your body. You do not need the DARE program to learn that, anyone can tell you that. To just learn that would be a huge waste of money."
    • 0 0 0 Nick May. 7, 2014
      "Most kids already know that, but they choose to make those decisions anyway."
  • 0 +15 -15 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 +15 -15 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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  • 0 +14 -14 Kathy Nov. 25, 2012
    "Yes, it promotes a safe and trusting relationship between law enforcement officials, educators, and students."
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  • 0 +15 -15 lil Oct. 26, 2012
    "i think it is kids after school to keep them occupied and not get in trouble."
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  • 0 +18 -18 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 0 -1 ridge May. 7, 2014
      "good for you way to stay above the infulence!"
  • 0 +25 -25 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."
  • -1 0 -1 addison j. Mar. 7, 2017
    "i took this in fifth grade and it teaches kids the bad things and what would happen if you diid drugs"
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  • -1 0 -1 dare helper Feb. 23, 2017
    "it is really good you have to finish your dare book to gradate from dare it is really fun to do and you get to learn about how police do their job and how drugs are bad also you learn how to keep them selves out of trouble also the decision making model first is define the problem second is asses the problem third is respond to the problem fourth is evaluate the problem we learn how to ask your self questions like what will happen if i do this"
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  • -1 +13 -14 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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    • -1 +1 -2 Arrimia May. 8, 2014
      "Yeah it may be helpful to many kids and it may warn them on what drugs to stay away from, but it may also encourage other kids to start doing drugs. By this program trying to warn students about the drugs that are out there, they are also just putting it in other kinds heads to potentially try these drugs."
  • -1 +12 -13 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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  • -1 +16 -17 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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  • -1 +17 -18 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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  • -2 +11 -13 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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  • -2 +15 -17 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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    • +1 +1 0 Lex May. 9, 2014
      "Do you have any evidence that it has truly helped? If most people have taken D.A.R.E why are there so many young teens and young adults using drugs? Obviously people have gotten into drugs after going through D.A.R.E. Yea, a lot of parents may think that the program is helping their kids, but if you want your kids to stay away from drugs, raise them to know that they are bad. Don't rely on a program that informs them of the various drugs that they can do, and what the effects are, because in a few years they aren't going to care what the effects are."
    • 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?"
  • -2 +12 -14 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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  • -5 +26 -31 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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  • -7 +20 -27 doug Feb. 23, 2012
    "there is alot less kids doing drug because of the d.a.r.e"
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    • +7 +7 0 wes May. 6, 2012
      "Have you actually looked at the statistics on these things?"
    • 0 0 0 MC Feb. 23, 2017
      "When people write something that doesn't involve any research, thought, etc..."

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  • +34 +93 -59 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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    • +2 +2 0 Gretchen Apr. 26, 2016
      "I don't agree"
    • +1 +1 0 Mauricio Mar. 11, 2016
      "I think they don't do it anymore"
    • -1 +1 -2 Riana May. 7, 2014
      "I agree that telling kids to do these things will not help them, you have to reinforce these things if you want children to do them."
  • +26 +63 -37 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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    • 0 +1 -1 Rocky May. 9, 2014
      "I agree that the program is just a waste of money and they don't in depth to the children's backgrounds. Sure that the program is fun in certain aspects but by telling kids how easy it is to get drugs then they will be aware of how to do drugs."
  • +18 +65 -47 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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    • -1 0 -1 Anonymous Mar. 30, 2017
      "I disagree. The DARE program is not about just refusing whatever substance the government deems harmful. the DARE program was created so people could live healthier lives. Drugs like marijuana are actually very harmful. Marijuana contains substances that can cause a heart attack. This can happen because of increased heart rate after using marijuana. It can also cause low blood pressure ans lung cancer. This is the type of issue DARE is trying to prevent. Also, DARE isn't made for everyone, most people don't use drugs that can harm them. Those people are already drug free, so they don't need the program. I am guessing you were one of those people, because you said the program didn't help you."
    • -5 0 -5 Micheala May. 8, 2014
      "sometimes it doesnt help. i agree with you! but it isnt about teaching them to say no to everything that the goverment thinks is harmful. it is teaching them that drugs are a bad idea and they are harmful and they can kill you. its a program that tries to help. doesnt mean it will 100%."
  • +17 +52 -35 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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    • +5 +7 -2 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."
    • +1 +1 0 Dan Woodard MD Mar. 14, 2017
      "I agree with you. Maybe we can find ways to give our kids a better chance if we put people who are recovering in charge."
    • 0 0 0 Wulf715 Feb. 23, 2017
      "This isn't brainwashing just because she thinks drugs are wrong. Prescription medicine is fine. and in little amounts. they don't teach that in dare but you could have explained that. also REHAB? What is wrong with you. Rehab is for bad things. not people saving the generations of the future. i went through the dare program and I'm FINE. Try again."
    • -4 +4 -8 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!"
    • -8 +1 -9 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!!"
  • +13 +36 -23 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 +42 -30 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 0 -1 Wulf Feb. 23, 2017
      "Seeing this again and I'm older. this is still stupid."
    • -1 +1 -2 Wulf May. 11, 2016
      "Brainwashing? My mind is still good Thank you! Even My MRI Says so!"
    • -4 +3 -7 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."
  • +12 +46 -34 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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    • +7 +10 -3 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"
    • +4 +4 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."
  • +10 +21 -11 Nick Abogilal May. 7, 2014
    "I'm Con because In my opinion the D.A.R.E. program is costing way too much money for what it's worth. The program is funded both by the government and private parties. The private parties can fund the program all they want, but the government should not be putting money into something that doesn't have sure results. There are plenty of things that the government could be using the money for. The program still is unsure if it's having solid results, they're just assuming."
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    • +1 +1 0 zach May. 8, 2014
      "I agree with this comment. This is a great con for D.A.R.E."
    • 0 0 0 Lexi May. 9, 2014
      "I agree, good points. And our tax money probably goes towards this. Is that really what we want our money to be spent on? It could be going towards something way more beneficial."
  • +8 +46 -38 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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  • +7 +44 -37 Ladie Jan. 4, 2012
    "It didn't help me at al!! :("
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    • +4 +5 -1 timothy May. 12, 2014
      "you need to write more than that!!!! explaine why it didnt help you at all!!!!"
    • +1 +3 -2 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""
  • +7 +24 -17 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 +1 -1 Janessa Nov. 18, 2014
      "In my DARE class, I learned negative effects of drugs. I know that DARE has helped in my life. Our DARE officer told us about people who got arrested and the negative effects in their life."
    • 0 +1 -1 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "That is how most kids start doing it pressure from the idiots they kindly refer to as peers"
  • +7 +39 -32 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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    • +3 +3 0 Alison May. 9, 2014
      "I agree 100%. I don't have kids just yet but when I do I don't want them to think that the world is this bad place because a police officer is telling them about all the bad things that are out there. I want to be the one to teach my kids that there are these kinds of things out there and I would want to be the one to educate them. I wouldn't be doing my job as a parent if I just let someone else talk to my child about these things and I didn't."
    • +1 +1 0 Kayla E May. 9, 2014
      "That's true, but not all parents take responsibility in teaching their kids about drugs. I think D.A.R.E. is a good program for kids whose parents may not know about drugs and helps kids realize the potential dangers when using drugs."
    • 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."
  • +6 +7 -1 Smart person Jul. 12, 2016
    "Dare has been proven over and over again to be inefficient."
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  • +6 +17 -11 zach May. 7, 2014
    "I don't believe this program works because it is giving kids more information on drugs. If they keep telling kids to not do drugs, they are going to end up trying them."
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    • +1 +1 0 Nick May. 8, 2014
      "Nice, That's Legit"
    • +1 +1 0 Ridge May. 8, 2014
      "these are some really good facts Zach way to do your research and help people know what this program really can do."
    • -1 0 -1 micheala May. 9, 2014
      "it gives good information on drugs. it tells them what it can do to you and how harmful they can be. maybe it will scare the kids to not whant to try them when they are older becasue f what the program is telling them .not everyone grows up wanting to ry at least one drug."
  • +6 +22 -16 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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    • 0 +1 -1 mike May. 13, 2014
      "you have a really good point not all drugs are the same as others and they make it sound like they are all so harmful to you"
  • +4 +9 -5 Kay Mar. 20, 2015
    "I believe that the dare program makes kids more aware of drugs. Growing up we did not have dare. Our parents taught us to stay clear of such & most of us did. Now there is an epidemic of drug use in the age group that started with the dare program in our area. I have not one, but 2 sons addicted. There have been so many deaths due to OD or complications due to using. Hep C is a problem within that area. I think Dare introduces the kids to drugs, that otherwise might not have ever thought about drugs or using drugs. We didn't have Dare and I believe we done just fine with common sense and our parents advice."
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  • +4 +14 -10 Arrimia May. 8, 2014
    "I don't think that we should have D.A.R.E in schools. This program may try and help the students and warn them about drugs, but at the same time they are pretty much telling the students what kind of drugs are there. By them telling the kids about the harmful drugs that are out there and what harms the drugs can do to them they are increasing the amount of kids that are going to do or try the drugs. This program may be wanting to help the kids that are doing drugs but at the same time they are just making other kids who don't do drugs want to do them."
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    • +2 +2 0 abby May. 9, 2014
      "i think this is a good point beaucause students might get courouse on the drugs they dont know about. they also would wantt to try thrm to see how it would effect them"
  • +4 +26 -22 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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    • 0 +1 -1 Nick May. 7, 2014
      "I Agree 100%"
  • +3 +3 0 Peter May. 25, 2016
    "The dare program is bad. My first reason is that it lies about the real effect of some drugs. My second reason is kids turn in there parents to dare. It tells kids that you should turn in your parents and then the parents go to jail and the kids are removed from the house. My last reason is that it is ineffective. It tells kids about the drugs that they wouldn't know about before."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Madison Mar. 16, 2016
    "Against The D.A.R.E program
    Have you ever heard of the D.A.R.E program? If you have, I'm here to tell you why I don't think the D.A.R.E program is good to have in American schools.
    The first reason is because it doesn't help prevent drug use. A 2004 study showed that kids think that the D.A.R.E program is "ineffective" at preventing drug use.
    The second reason is that D.A.R.E is associated with increased drug use. From 1989-1996 studies showed that kids that participated in the D.A.R.E program had a 3%-5% higher rate in drug use.
    The final reason is that students reposed negatively to the D.A.R.E a program. The California department of education found that 40% of the students that participated in D.A.R.E reported that they were not influenced and 70% had negative feelings about who ran the program.
    In conclusion, I don't think the D.A.R.E program is a good idea because it doesn't help prevent drugs, D.A.R.E is associated with drug use, and students reposed negatively to this program. What do you think?"
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  • +3 +4 -1 Alexzander S. Jan. 15, 2016
    "I believe that the D.A.R.E would cause drug use to go up, because some kids would think its 'cool'."
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  • +3 +12 -9 Hannah May. 8, 2014
    "The D.A.R.E program in theory is good but in reality it does not work. I have a few friends that have had to go though the D.A.R.E program and it did not stop choice decisions. Its also going to cause kids to ignore legitimate information about drugs. Example being the dramatized affects of marijuana. Personally I don't feel that the D.A.R.E program would have made me change any of my person decisions."
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    • +2 +2 0 RACHEL May. 9, 2014
      "I agree with you 110% hannah. Students are young and will want to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Most people some point in there life have taken a drug or have tried something. Also when they reach college theyre will be alot of bad influences. -RM"
  • +3 +12 -9 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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  • +3 +31 -28 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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    • +2 +3 -1 Joe May. 8, 2014
      "For one the D.A.R.E. program just basically told you what you shouldn't do it never ordered you to do anything. For two what you do is your own decision quit being extreme and relax."
    • +1 +1 0 Arrimia May. 9, 2014
      "The Dare program gives you advice on what drugs are out there and what they could do to you if you continue to take them or start doing drugs. The Dare program also encourages you not to do them for your own health and for your family, because continuing to take them or even starting to take me can be bad for your body and your health. I do think that you need to let the students and kids find out by themselves and let them learn from there mistakes, because it is the only way that they are going to learn what not to do."
    • 0 +1 -1 kia gardner May. 7, 2014
      "first the D.A.R.E program provided you with what could happen and the effects on using drugs. telling you that one simple thing like that can take your life away from you to easy. this dare program gives you lots of good advice. you most likely just didn't listen. with you saying can make your own choice, yes you can but you would think you would make the best choice you can for your life. not do stupid things to ruin it."
    • 0 +1 -1 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..................."
  • +2 +2 0 Bobby Jan. 2, 2017
    "DARE has been shown to increase drug use, and perpetuates the war on drugs, which has only locked up millions of non-violent drug users. Supporters say that it decreased drug use, but think about it. Throughout these years of DARE and the war on drugs, drug use has not declined. While we should discourage drug use among minors, as their brains are developing, we shouldn't waste taxes on these pointless programs that have achieved nothing. Why fund something that doesn't work, and will never work?"
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  • +2 +2 0 Hunter Mar. 25, 2016
    "I think the D.A.R.E program is bad. One reason I think it is bad is because studies show that after the Dare program, the drug usage has stayed the same or even increased. My second reason is kids eventually ignore Dare. They will see people using drugs and they will not care. My third and final reason is the Dare program does work. 11/11 students say it was ineffective."
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  • +2 +2 0 Kaden Mar. 25, 2016
    I say no to D.A.R.E because people who take drugs are increasing, it's bad for parents, and lies.
    The First reason is people who take drugs are increasing. The D.A.R.E program not only tells people to stop it is also telling people about them which might make them want to do it.
    It's bad for parents. Some kids around the world have brought in drugs that there parents had, to school and there parents have to say good bye to there kids.
    Last but not least some people tell lies about it lies. Some people tell kids the wrong information about D.A.R.E and if they here something different they will ignore everything.
    So just say no to D.A.R.E."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Rose D. Nov. 12, 2015
    "I honestly don't know if it had anything to do with it, but I was in the D.A.R.E. program in elementary school, approx around 1989-91. I really enjoyed the program & so did my peers, and I'm still fb friends with my old DARE officer, but I can honestly say that most of the kids I went to school with in the 3-5 grade, who were also in the program, and then when I got to middle and high school, all my peers there had been in DARE programs at their grade schools..the thing is, that most of those kids ended up doing drugs.. It was probably way more than was the normal average. My old classmates have actually discussed it several times over the years..that its seems like all of us 1st DARE program kids, were all huge failures, or the program was. I would say that a lot of my old peers ended up having pretty bad drug, alcohol, meth, pain pill, etc..addictions..and took them years to turn their lives around, if ever...some that I know of, are still dependent on substances in our mid 30's. So sad."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Brandon Jan. 16, 2015
    "Rather than to preach the teachings of anti-Drug enforcement and abuse with a repetitive curriculum, it would be far much better to give a more "reinforced" approach, which means that the workbooks and materials handed out should not include stereotypical views against drugs but a more realistic view, all in all,the hype about this "Extremely well" and smart curriculum is a let-down for parents if they really look at it."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Anthone J. Jan. 8, 2015
    "I think D.A.R.E. is just showing off drugs to kids, if I never heard of D.A.R.E. I believe I wouldn't be worried about what drugs are in the foods I eat or medicine I take."
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  • +1 +1 0 Anthony Jun. 24, 2018
    "My very good friend, who won the "DARE Bear" in middle school, went on to do many drugs, with me; I had become obsessed when the DARE officer showed our class a briefcase with drugs displayed under glass. It was beautifully exotic and instantly forbidden, and that meant I had to see them up close and in private--and I did, as quickly as I could by shirking my normal responsibilities in life, all of them. I then went on to (with my DARE Bear winning friend) drink and smoke pot at 13, drop acid, eat mushrooms, and take mescalin at 14, take benzedrine, dexadrine, and adderall at 20, and then opiates at 26, something I'm still recovering from. I can't blame my issues on one briefcase, but all of those curious treasures under glass only caused me to salivate and wonder. Overall, it was not a deterrent, it only served to solidify the opinions of those students who were never going to experiment in the first place, and tempt the other students who had never seen anything close to the items in the briefcase cornucopia before--we were 11 years old!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Noah Apr. 5, 2017
    "Dare not good

    Dare has a theme, it is just say no. But is it really helping kids to say no. Once again a kid Report there mom and dad to police just for a marijuana cigarettes they put them in jail
    The police tell the kids even if parents are smoking tell them.

    The kid but they do not now if they tell them that mom has been smoking is going to put their families in jail and going to tear the family apart. The police encourage it in some cases some kids don't even know about drugs. They expose them to drugs and give them all new ideas

    They are spending more money to help the kids but is it really helping them to not do drugs I do not think that They are not helping kids get away or saying no to drugs.

    In conclusion D A R E is not Worth savings!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Dan Woodard MD Mar. 14, 2017
    "I am a physician seeing recovering drug addicts. Many went through the DARE program. One girl won the poster, poetry and speech contests. A year later she was an addict.

    It's a challenging goal and can never be 100% effective, but kids would take recovering addicts more seriously than they would police officers."
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  • +1 +1 0 Sienna Mar. 11, 2017
    "I'm a kid, everyone makes fun of this program, Andy it just seems really stupid and ineffective."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Jasmine May. 11, 2016
    "The D.A.R.E. Program is not okay. students reported it every time it happened to other people. In 2009 peer reviewed study of grade 11th to grade 12th. Dare will take over people's life form with in one to two years it has happened according to 2012. People have been studying about it. About 60% of schools and teachers have been finding out about all of this the dare program.

    By Jasmine Wilcox"
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  • +1 +7 -6 TheCorrector Feb. 4, 2015
    "The whole idea of "drugs" needs to be re-worked. In other words, if you educate about drugs, this should include the side effects and so on of even legal drugs, which of course act upon the human body often silently. When you are high, you know it; when you have an injected live or kind-of-dead virus in you, or you take anything with a "-done" on the end, or the latest whacko vaccine, you don't really feel the effects and what your body is going through. Therefore if you seek to educate about drugs, why no do them all? Seems to me kids would get a darn good education on the topic if they learned about how Merck, Phizer, and the like went about getting their drugs approved, acceptable cure rates, side effect rates, and so on. As is the DARE program merely serves as many kids' first introduction to the world of illicit drugs, and that only. Kids being kids, and now ever mistrustful of the lying government and its arms like the FDA, DARE presents the closet they should not go ion, and kids being kids, that closet will then be the first place they will go. Why not educate also about how much in lunches and downright bribes are paid to doctors, hospitals, HMOs, and the like, to get these institutions to use the latest drug."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Concerned Student Dec. 2, 2014
    "I won the DARE essay contest at my school, and looking back on it now, DARE doesn't work. I'm in high-school now, and almost everyone I know either uses some illicit substance or knows someone who uses one. I have seen people "high" in class on multiple occasions. Not only that, but a lot of the information they are providing to kids is very biased. Most research that I have read today has proven that marijuana is not harmful, and in fact, safer than alcohol. I understand and support the message DARE is trying to convey, but it doesn't work."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Julia May. 12, 2014
    "I believe this DARE program doesn't work for several reasons, but what I consider the most important would be considering why kids do drugs in the first place. Most I've talked to say it's either because of adults telling them not to, or they were peer pressured. In the last case, it would help them more with a class about peer pressure and how to say no than having a class saying all the side effects of drugs, etc. Kids won't listen to that. Use the energy drink situation as an example. They know it can harm/kill you under certain circumstances, and yet they do it anyway. Yes, it will help some people, but the majority won't listen or care. That's my opinion."
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    • +1 +1 0 alyssa May. 13, 2014
      "yes I agree, that it won't help everyone but it is better to save one person from becoming addicted to drugs than no one."
  • +1 +10 -9 Lexi May. 8, 2014
    "I believe D.A.R.E prompts kids to look further into drugs that they wouldn't have known about in the first place. "Studies published in the 1990's concluded that DARE had little to no effectiveness in preventing drug use in elementary, middle or high school students, and may actually lead to increased drug use." Not only that, it is also very expensive. It seems like a waste of government money on something that isn't so sure on its results. DARE shouldn't be taught to elementary school and even middle school. It opens up all the dangers to the world to innocent kids. High school I can understand, but it wouldn't change what they do. Teens are going to do what they like, and informing them of all their options of corrupt activities (drugs) in the world is not going to prevent the problem, just encourage it."
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  • +1 +11 -10 Austin Iveson May. 8, 2014
    "D.A.R.E is more of a waste of time. All children for the most part have been told growing up not to use drugs and to just say no. In the end though it's up to the person so even if kids do go through D.A.R.E they can still end up on drugs so why waste more and more money on something not working??????"
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    • 0 0 0 austin May. 12, 2014
      "Reply>Micheala: When actually looking at the statistics of if this programed helped it shows that it actually gave more of an opening to kids to try other drugs or start to begin with. this program might inform kids but do kids want to be taken away from their parents for telling the police because their parents do drugs. is it right for the parents no it isn't right for anyone to do drugs but is it also right to tell a kid to contact the police about their parents doing drugs just to get taken away and possibly separated from their siblings if they have any?"
    • 0 0 0 micheala May. 9, 2014
      "on some people it does work though! and i dont think it is a waste of time when it could help. and no. most children do not grow up learning to just say no and not do it because in todays society, a lot of their parents are doing drugs their selfs and the kids grow up around that. so in school if they learn that it is bad, they will know that its not right for their parents to being it either. it is up to the person when they older but teaching them young to say no will help them in the future because they learned about them."
  • +1 +10 -9 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

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  • +1 +10 -9 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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  • +1 +15 -14 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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  • +1 +11 -10 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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  • +1 +13 -12 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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  • +1 +23 -22 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!
    I include alcohol as a drug. Why? Because it is!"
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    • +2 +2 0 wes May. 6, 2012
      "It is funny how alcohol is rarely referred to as a drug.. They always say Alcohol "AND' drugs."
  • 0 0 0 ahsdfjl; May. 30, 2019
    "Having experienced it firsthand, I found that a lot of people just ignored their messages, as it was just a series of lectures and activity books which didn't even have exams in them. Honestly, for many students, it just went in one ear and out the other. They also tried not to scare us with the actual consequences of drugs, and only gave vague warnings ("it is bad for you"). I feel that the program needs to be reformed, and they really should come up with a comprehensive programs that allows students to retain the positive messages throughout their life (if that means using scare tactics, then so be it)."
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  • 0 0 0 Brad Feb. 15, 2019
    "The D.A.R.E program in my eyes is a complete waste of time and money. Having police officers come to our public schools and preach about how bad drugs are to 5th graders. After the police introduced my 5th grade to meth, I would catch her and her friends talking about which teachers they thought were high on meth. This teacher said she didn't sleep much last night, and that teacher didn't eat lunch, they must be high on meth. Correct me if im wrong but shouldn't teachers be role models? Instead now they are being questioned by the child who they are suppose to be an example to. What I truly believe is the most upsetting to this program is total failure of how a childs brain even works. Think about it D.A.R.E. the top executives can candy coat and make it look appealing so they get paid, but in a childs eyes and I hope fore the rest of America sees D.A.R.E. stands for I dare you to not do drugs. When I was in school if someone dared me to do something, I had to put my fears aside and step up. Now if someone dared me not to do something? Don't dare our children to not do something. We hardwired them to be brave. We should be daring Americas next generation to be Scientists, Olympic athletes, Astronauts, someone to make a difference."
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  • 0 0 0 Khaleesi83 Feb. 17, 2018
    "I remember when D.A.R.E. was introduced to my school in the early 90's the only thing that kept me interested was the little activities and breaks from regular class work. I did believe marijuana was a gateway drug because of the program but it didnt stop me from trying it at 16 (I hated it and stopped for years until picking it back up and enjoying it in adulthood) I look at the program like so many failed abstinent programs, forbidding a child from experiencing the wonderful things being described as "side effects" does nothing but push to try the things that are forbidden. Think about when you tell your daughter not to hang out with that "sneaky" boy down the street, she will want to hang with him more than she did before you said something. Dare is pointless and doesn't fit the needs or the individual child the same way a parent who knows that child's personality would, what works for one may be detrimental to the other. Schools need to focus more on the arts to spark children's interests in different ways instead of waving something shiny in their faces and saying that can't have it. I think music and art programs would be much more effective and keeping kids away from sex and drugs then programs that focused solely on them"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Kaden Oct. 25, 2016
    I say no to D.A.R.E because people who take drugs are increasing, it's bad for parents, and lies.

    The First reason is people who take drugs are increasing. The D.A.R.E program not only tells people to stop it is also telling people about them which might make them want to do it.

    It's bad for parents. Some kids around the world have brought in drugs that there parents had, to school and there parents have to say good bye to there kids.

    Last but not least some people tell lies about it lies. Some people tell kids the wrong information about D.A.R.E and if they here something different they will ignore everything.
    So just say no to D.A.R.E."
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  • -1 0 -1 John Jan. 2, 2017
    "DARE perpetuates the war on drugs. This war has done nothing but lock up non-violent drug addicts. Furthermore, although proponents say that "DARE helps to decrease drug use in minors", which would be a good thing, but however, DARE has been shown to actually increase drug use by 3-5%. What we should be doing with taxpayer money, is to fund rehab programs and drug use centers for all people, not fund a pointless program that has accomplished nothing."
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  • -1 0 -1 Marie Nov. 7, 2016
    "D.A.R.E. is kinda like abstinence only sex education - it gives you one simple solution for a complex social and personal problem, long before it's even developmentally appropriate to discuss. My school was involved in the DARE program in the late 80s. I was in 2nd grade when our instructors were discussing the negative of drug abuse. They discussed the horrors of marijuana, crack, heroin, meth (well, maybe not so much as now). As a child, I had no concept of addiction - so I remember asking why people did drugs if it was so bad for their health. There was some silence, and then a tentative answer of "It can make people feel good." I stated that it must make people feel very good if they're willing to suffer such terrible consequences, (wasn't trying to be a smartie-pants, I was well-behaved) and I was told to let the other kids talk.

    I now smoke a pack a day, but I certainly don't do crack, which is good, I guess...?"
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  • -1 +6 -7 RACHEL May. 9, 2014
    "I am against the DARE program. Most schools teach their students about drugs in health class. Many students will ignore what the DARE program teaches them and it ends up being a waste of money. Theres also alot of drug commericals and ads against drugs already."
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    • +1 +1 0 Julia May. 13, 2014
      "I agree with you Rachel, and you have very valid points. We do already have a lot of 'awareness' towards drugs, and having DARE doesn't make any sense."
  • -1 +15 -16 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 Kayla May. 9, 2014
      "Jessee I think you have a valid point alot of kids do follow what their friends do because they feel as if they don't then they will be left out. I guess it may help with some kids but not all."
    • 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."
  • -1 +20 -21 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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    • -1 +1 -2 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."
  • -1 +32 -33 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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  • -2 0 -2 Bomb Oct. 4, 2016
    "Dare did not work for me plus it was truly very very boring and inefficient the only fun thing about this program was the beer googles because everyone just looked stupid with them on and walked very crazy too."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Rocky May. 8, 2014
    "I will say that the D.A.R.E. program has good intentions and it may work for some people but the majority are unaffected. The program is not really efficient in preventing drug and alcohol abuse because all that is being taught is what they are and how to avoid them which doesn't work with most people. Due to the inefficiency of the program it is not worth spending $1.3 BILLION to run the program using OUR tax money even though our school may not participate in the program. Also the program has officers that come in to the school when they should be out there arresting those that sell the drugs. It is also proven that the program is ineffective in dealing with drug prevention in fact some studies show that it increases the use because now they know what drugs are and they won' t care because they get high. So in conclusion the D.A.R.E. program may be helpful for some people but in general it is just a waste of american tax money and our students education time."
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  • -2 +13 -15 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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  • -3 +1 -4 Olivia Jan. 4, 2016
    "DARE introduced me to drugs long before I ever would have known what "drugs" were. I feel that if they are going to do thr DARE program, they should do it when the children understand the concept of drugs and their consequences. 5th grade was way to early, 7th grade would have been the best time to introduce the program. I feel as if they blow the information out of proportion. I remember coming home after school and if i saw my dad drinking one beer, i would cry because I automatically assumed he would die. Also, the school stressed the importance of staying away from marijuana and alcohol so much, that it went through many students ear and out the other. I am almost a junior in highschool and there are still people who come in to talk to us about marijuana. Well you introduced it us so early that we were too curious, so basically everyone has already tried it. Sorry, you are too late. They need to stress more on the real killers, liker heroin. I have no problem smoking marijuana because no one has died from just that. I come from a town where many people have died from heroin and od on strong prescription pain killers. I know to never try anything hard like that because I learned from example. And my mom smoked so I never did."
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  • -3 +6 -9 abby May. 8, 2014
    "I am a con because I feel like this program is a wast of time to most students. This program you are telling them all the drugs and what it does to you. So I think you are making the kids want to try them more because you are telling them all types of drugs there is and what it does to you. Ya this program is useful to some people and might help change someone life but it also could increase they use of drugs for teenagers."
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    • 0 0 0 Arrimia May. 9, 2014
      "I agree because like u said the D.A.R.E program may help some people change their life and encourage them to stop doing drugs but at the same time it is prettuy much telling the other kids who dont do drugs about all the drugs that are out there in the world today and about they can do to you and it may encourage other kids to to start trying all of these drugs tat are out there and it can out them in danger. By this program telling all these kids about the drugs that are out there and what they can do to you it will increase the drugs use of teenagers. So i agree and say that the D.A.R.E program should not be allowed in schools."
  • -3 +6 -9 Ethan May. 6, 2014
    "I think that the dare program teaches children how to find drugs and how to get them and how to use them. I i didn't know what drugs did to your body, or how to use them until dare came to school and it seemed interesting and fun. I don't use drugs my self. Im a firefighter. But i think it should be taken away and dare officers should become school resource officers."
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  • -3 +10 -13 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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  • -4 +9 -13 Addie Daniels May. 7, 2014
    "I don't believe D.A.R.E is a good program for schools to be in.Because kids are going to do drugs either way,just like if a parent tells a kid no for something they want to do they are still going to do it again.The person doing the drugs inst going to learn because someone says something they are going to want to go out and experience it themselves.There is going to be drugs all over the world no matter where you go in life,it will be that persons choice if they want to do them or not.Having D.A.R.E in schools will complicate the school systems all over the world because it cost's the schools money and the ones that can't afford it are usually the ones that need it the most which are the poor schools and the schools that have kids that don't want to learn.So the schools would be paying for a program that the students wont even take seriously.This curriculum can be used to help teens and adults that are doing the drugs and going through problems with people that are being affected by doing drugs.But the students that aren't doing the drugs arent going to pay attention because they think the drugs are pointless so they will think the lecture is Thats why D.A.R.E shouldn't be in schools ."
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  • -4 +6 -10 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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  • -4 +9 -13 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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  • -4 +8 -12 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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    • +3 +3 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."
    • -2 0 -2 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"
  • -4 +9 -13 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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    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous May. 7, 2014
      "Also the more they find out how bad they are for them and make them not want to use drugs. The point in having this program is for ones who want to not do drugs and want to have a good future not the ones who don't care how their lives turn out to be."
    • 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."
  • -4 +11 -15 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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    • -1 0 -1 Connor Feb. 12, 2015
      "My DARE experience was very different. I live in an area not harmed by drug use, but that is because of DARE."
  • -4 +28 -32 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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  • -5 +3 -8 Itsy Jul. 2, 2014
    "I did the D.A.R.E program and it did not help at all. I have friends who wear their D.A.R.E shirts while they do drugs. And they also went through the D.A.R.E program in elementary through middle school."
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  • -5 +4 -9 Logan Anderson May. 12, 2014
    "The dare program is in my opinion a very useless program that shows very little results and cost a large sum of money. I believe that it should be the parent's responsibility to instill a sound judgment process in their children not a program. For smaller schools it can amount to a very large amount of their budget to have this program take place and if it shows very little improvement in the drug use of the kids."
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  • -5 +4 -9 bob May. 9, 2014
    "it dosnt work because i remember when i had a dare program and it didnt work me and my friends just want to smoke pot and we did so i dont think it works and most of the people in my school smoked"
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  • -5 +6 -11 Chris May. 8, 2014
    "I do not think we should be able to spend the money on this program. If kids are dumb enough to do drugs in the first place they should get in trouble. We should not spend the money to get people help when they made the decision to do it in the first place. I also do not think it works, if they are already using drugs being talked to is not going to change their mind."
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    • 0 0 0 robeert May. 9, 2014
      "My response I totally agree with how u feel about this program I also like how u were straight and forward to the point and not beat around the bush good job"
  • -5 +5 -10 Kayla May. 8, 2014
    "I personally have never went through the DARE program but I do not believe that it works because all it is doing is preaching about drugs and telling you how they work. They lecture you on how easy it is to find drugs and how easy it is to get caught up on them. If someone wants to do it what you preached about wont matter to them."
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  • -5 +6 -11 Alison May. 8, 2014
    "In my personal opinion I do not think the D.A.R.E. program is worth the money or worth anyone’s time. It does not matter how much you stress to someone that drugs are very harmful to their body, they will still make their own decision at the end of the day if they want to do the drug or not. Also I don't feel like we have the extra money to waste away on a program that will not be affected in the long run."
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  • -5 +5 -10 matt black May. 8, 2014
    "It is completely pointless to me I don't see a reason for it. I understand that kids use drugs but it not anyone's concern. If they aren't hurting anyone then leave them alone. It their life let them be if they are not causing society any harm or greif."
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  • -5 +7 -12 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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  • -5 +15 -20 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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    • +1 +1 0 chris May. 8, 2014
      "I tells the kids the side affects of the drugs too. Its not like here go try this and see what happens."
    • 0 +1 -1 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."
  • -5 +18 -23 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."
  • -6 +2 -8 Julissa May. 12, 2014
    "I'm con because with the amount of money the system takes, you should learn about all of this in a health class and from your parents. The money being spent on this can go towards something more effective. If kids do drugs then there's nothing you're going to be able to do to stop them. That's the parents' responsibilities to try to teach their kids about drugs and tell them why they shouldn't do it. You shouldn't have to spend that amount of money on a program that might not even be effective."
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  • -6 +5 -11 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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  • -6 +5 -11 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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  • -6 +5 -11 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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  • -6 +7 -13 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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  • -7 +2 -9 robert skiba May. 9, 2014
    "I am con because if u think about it the dare program is way to much money for what its worth. Teens are stupid we do what we wont and when some one tells u not to it makes u wont to do it so much more. Another thing is the dare program literally show u how to do drugs tells u how it makes u fell and were u can get it I mean really lets tell kids all these things then say don't do drugs and it is so hard to say no to drugs when its your bro or sis or your friend pier pressure is hard to over come and an officer coming in (costs 100 dollars for each student) will not help kids."
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  • -7 +30 -37 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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  • -8 +8 -16 ARTHUR VIDATO Nov. 7, 2013
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  • -8 +7 -15 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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    • -1 0 -1 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"
  • -10 +16 -26 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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