Delightful to see the article about this year’s Rappahannock County DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation [“DARE to change,” May 16]. But why is DARE still around? Time after time it has been proven that DARE is a feel-good program for adults that doesn’t actually work to, you know, reduce drug use in the young. It is ineffectual at best, and at worst, its graduates tend to have a higher rate of drug use later in life.
For more than 20 years, research has cast doubts on DARE’s efficacy, yet the righteous, zero-tolerance mantle with which the organization has cloaked itself had managed to deflect any criticism as pro-drug, anti-kid and anti-police.
Why would you subject your children to a program that if anything, increases their likelihood of using drugs? Anybody care to explain?