Illinois Study Finds D.A.R.E. Graduates Using More Drugs than Their Peers 3/20/98

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A University of Illinois study released this week, like virtually every previous study on the topic, found that the popular D.A.R.E. program, in which police officers teach 3rd graders about drugs, does not work. Disturbingly, the study actually found higher rates of drug use among D.A.R.E graduates than among their peers.

"It hurts me to sit here and tell you that D.A.R.E. does not work," said Dr. Dennis Rosenbaum, head of the criminal justice department at the University of Illinois. "But it's time for us to go back to the drawing board and figure out how it can be improved or what better ways we can spend our money on drug education in this country."

For more information on the Illinois study, see <http://www.msnbc.com/NEWS/151731.asp>. For more general background, visit DRCNet's D.A.R.E. Topics in Depth section at <http://www.drcnet.org/DARE>.

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