New DARE video: Drugs - Bad...Racism - Ok

  1. "We don't smoke this crap. We just sell it. Smoking is for the young, the poor, the black, and the stupid."

    http://www.click2houston.com/trouble...11/detail.html
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have to go check this o ut....
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "It isn't appropriate, I think, for that age group," said Constable Ron Hickman, with Harris County Precinct 4.
    How about inappropriate, period?
  5. by   elkpark
    I'm not surprised -- DARE has always been a clumsy, simplistic program. What amazes me is that public (taxpayer) funds continue to be given to police departments to provide the DARE program in schools when there have been numerous studies that have shown it isn't effective. I wouldn't mind so much having my tax dollars spent on it if it actually worked, but ...
  6. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from elkpark
    I'm not surprised -- DARE has always been a clumsy, simplistic program. What amazes me is that public (taxpayer) funds continue to be given to police departments to provide the DARE program in schools when there have been numerous studies that have shown it isn't effective. I wouldn't mind so much having my tax dollars spent on it if it actually worked, but ...
    Ditto.
  7. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from elkpark
    I'm not surprised -- DARE has always been a clumsy, simplistic program. What amazes me is that public (taxpayer) funds continue to be given to police departments to provide the DARE program in schools when there have been numerous studies that have shown it isn't effective. I wouldn't mind so much having my tax dollars spent on it if it actually worked, but ...
    To answer your question, most school districts and police departments look for the quick, easy, simplistic way out, by using the DARE program.

    Grannynurse
  8. by   URO-RN
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    "We don't smoke this crap. We just sell it. Smoking is for the young, the poor, the black, and the stupid."

    http://www.click2houston.com/trouble...11/detail.html
    I believe this quote came from tobacco execs...I recall it being used in an anti-smoking commercial a while ago.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from URO-RN
    I believe this quote came from tobacco execs...I recall it being used in an anti-smoking commercial a while ago.
    The article pointed out that it was a third-party quote . . .

    My oldest son was involved in DARE as a counselor all through high school - I did think that the camp he helped run did some good things.

    But all in all, I was a bit disappointed that DARE was kind of politically correct.

    DS was also involved in a group called "The Chemical People" which did more in-depth counseling and interactive stuff with teens.

    steph
  10. by   URO-RN
    Quote from stevielynn
    The article pointed out that it was a third-party quote . . .
    exactly.
  11. by   elkpark
    To answer your question, most school districts and police departments look for the quick, easy, simplistic way out, by using the DARE program.

    Grannynurse
    It wasn't really a question -- I understand that it gets used because it's a feel-good quick fix for the schools and a means of shoveling extra money into police departments, and lets people feel like the schools are doing something about drug abuse even though it has been repeatedly shown to be ineffective. But it really "frosts my cookies" that it is basically an expensive boondoggle, clearly a waste of taxpayer funds, but so many of the same (conservative) people who can't wait to cut back on funding every other kind of public/social spending just loooove DARE ...
  12. by   URO-RN
    "it isn't researched. it doesn't talk about transcripts. it talks about a statement, which alludes to something said by a third person," hickman said.
    so, it was said by some racist tabacco exec....used in the video carelessly.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Ditto.
    2nd ditto to that.
  14. by   VeryPlainJane
    In the 20 years since DARE began, studies have consistently shown that DARE has no significant effect on students' use of drugs.

    The General Accounting Office of the US Government found "no significant differences in illicit drug use between students who received DARE . . . and students who did not." (1)


    Estimated costs of DARE annually: $1 to 1.3 billion. (2)


    In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General placed DARE under the category of "Ineffective Programs." (3)


    The National Academy of Sciences has called DARE ineffective. (4)


    The Department of Education prohibited schools from spending its Safe and Drug-Free Schools money on DARE because they did not consider it effective in reducing drug use. DARE America, the parent organization of the DARE program, has continues to receive money because they are trying to update the curriculum. (5)


    Problems with the "New" Dare, which was developed by DARE America in response to decades of criticism about the failures of DARE. The new version is being currently being researched for efficacy.

    1. It is fundamentally the same as the original program, with only superficial changes. The same student handbook will be used, with the same messages that do not work. (6)
    2. Preliminary evaluations have found rates of drug use among students participating in the "New" DARE are the same as the rates among students who are taught using the old, failed DARE. (7)
    Even DARE America's president and founding director has admitted the program's shortcomings. ``There's quite a bit we can do to make it better and we realize that,'' said Glenn Levant. (8)


    DARE America's vice-president, Nancy J. Kaufman, has admitted that abstinence-only education is empty rhetoric. "Realistically, people understand that for a great number of adolescents, they might try something at least once." (9)


    The head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Dr. Zili Sloboda, noted that DARE is far from the only anti-drug program that does not work, but has drawn the most criticism because it is the largest. (10)

    http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/fa...dare/index.cfm
    http://reason.com/9503/fe.DARE.text.shtml
    http://www.apa.org/releases/dare.html

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