New Study on Drug Education Program
The drug education program D.A.R.E., widely used at schools across the country, has little effect on whether children use drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, a new study suggests.
Donald R. Lynam and other researchers at the University of Kentucky tracked more than 1,000 students in Fayette County who participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in the sixth grade.
The students were re-evaluated at age 20, 10 years after their involvement with the program.
D.A.R.E. resulted in some initial improvements in the students' attitudes about drug use, the researchers said. But those changes failed to last, and they did not influence the decisions the students made.