02
Feb
10

A double D.A.R.E.

Great response here to last week’s op-ed by D.A.R.E. chairman Skip Miller’s in today’s L.A. Times.  Jonathan Perri with Students for Sensible Drug Policy dismantles D.A.R.E.’s campaign (and overall strategy) of misinformation.

Money quote:

Anti-drug groups such as D.A.R.E. refuse to acknowledge that today’s marijuana prohibition causes the same problems as alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s. It’s no wonder, then, that D.A.R.E. has been called ineffective by the National Academy of Sciences and, in 2001, was placed under the category of “ineffective programs” by the U.S. surgeon general. The Government Accountability Office reported in 2003 that there are “no significant differences in illicit drug use between students who received D.A.R.E. . . . and students who did not.”

Ouch.

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