Some pro-drug websites are promulgating misinformation claiming “Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.), one of the largest anti-drug groups in the world, no longer lists marijuana as a so-called “gateway drug”. The misinformation, attributed to Emily Grey or “Monterey Bub” depending upon the website referenced, cannot pass without response.

Had nominal research been conducted by the author(s) substantial reference on the D.A.R.E. website would have been found in support of D.A.R.E.’s position that marijuana is both an illegal and harmful drug to the youth of this nation. The author(s) would have had justification to instead state; D.A.R.E. considers marijuana to be a dangerous drug for youth of the United States and the world!

In fulfilling a basic element of the journalistic process, the author(s) could have contacted D.A.R.E., a step not taken. Should the author(s) have encountered difficulty or required help in navigating our website, D.A.R.E. staff would have provided assistance.

I would encourage the concerned author(s) to become acquainted with the curriculums currently used by D.A.R.E.

In 2008, D.A.R.E. America formed an alliance with The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) for adoption of the keepin’ it REAL (kiR) curriculum as the D.A.R.E. middle school program. The kiR program as developed by PSU and Arizona State University, with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, through rigorous longitudinal scientific evaluation, kiR has been established as an evidence-based program ). Among other positive outcomes, studies have evidenced students completing the kiR program to demonstrate:

  • 32%-44% reduction in marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol use
  • 30%-38% increase in knowledge about and negative attitudes towards drug use
  • 29%-34% decrease in intent to accept offers to use substances

I also refer the author(s) to a Scientific American article The New D.A.R.E. Program—This One Works The “keepin’ it REAL” substance-abuse curriculum focuses on elementary and middle-school students’ decisions, not drugs (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-new-d-a-r-e-program-this-one-works/). The article presents relevant and accurate information about the D.A.R.E. kiR curricula.

D.A.R.E. Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

D.A.R.E. Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

D.A.R.E. America/International CEO Frank Pegueros rings the Nasdaq Stock Exchange Closing Bell with remarks after the exchange’s Managing Director introduces D.A.R.E.

D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL Elementary School Curriculum is Evidence-based, Successful and Effective

D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL Elementary School Curriculum is Evidence-based, Successful and Effective

An Evaluation of the “D.A.R.E.: keepin’ it REAL” Elementary School Program

Key Findings
The “D.A.R.E.: keepin’ it REAL” elementary school program is delivered by certified D.A.R.E. officers with high fidelity and their delivery is engaging to students. It is effective and successful in the long-term reduction of drinking alcohol, getting drunk, smoking cigarettes, and vaping. The program was also shown to be entirely successful in preventing marijuana use.

D.A.R.E. “More Than Sad” Teen Suicide Lesson Helps Save Students Lives

D.A.R.E. “More Than Sad” Teen Suicide Lesson Helps Save Students Lives

In response to a fast growing crisis of teen suicide ideation, attempts and tragic deaths, D.A.R.E. America partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to adapt the Foundation’s “More Than Sad” mental health lesson for presentation to middle school and high school students.

How Important Is D.A.R.E.? – Officers Meet For Annual Training

How Important Is D.A.R.E.? – Officers Meet For Annual Training

“It’s really hard when you see someone that you know going down a bad path.” “There’s a lot of issues that confront these children today.”

“We’re a prevention program, prevent things from happening,” says Rafael Morales, the North Central Regional Director of D.A.R.E.

You probably remember yourself – or your kids– learning about ‘D.A.R.E.’ in school.

The Role and Preparation of School Resource Officers

The Role and Preparation of School Resource Officers

There is an opportunity for law enforcement and schools to partner in a way that elevates both institutions and is potentially transformative in building trust and cooperation between community members. If school communities decide that having law enforcement on site…

D.A.R.E. STUDENTS GIVE BACK

D.A.R.E. STUDENTS GIVE BACK

Did you know that D.A.R.E. students give back to not only their own communities, but to people all over the world.  The kids in this video not only donated books for libraries in Africa, but actually traveled to multiple African countries to BUILD libraries! Steve...

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