The misinformation regarding D.A.R.E. promulgated by the author cannot pass without response. Through nominal research the author would have found the curriculum to which reference is given has not been used for more than fifteen years. I will trust the misinformation given to be attributable to no more than inadequate research. The data put forth by the author is significantly outdated and of no relevance to present D.A.R.E. curriculums. I urge the author and readers of Popular Security to acquaint themselves 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 (http://legacy.nreppadmin.net/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=133). 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 readers of Popular Security 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.