Substance Abuse During The United States Essay

1168 Words Nov 28th, 2014 5 Pages
Substance abuse has long been a problem in the United States. There has never been an established program designed to prevent the abuse of alcohol and drugs, and one of the biggest issues being funding. What a good prevention program would need would be to have the aim of “…prevent[ing] the use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs or delay the initiation of use of tobacco and alcohol among those who have not initiated use and reduce or eliminate existing use of these substances among those who initiated use” (Merrill, 2006). The only government-funded program that has since been put in place has been the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, better known as D.A.R.E.
The D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program was established in 1983 due to an increased number of substance abuse around the nation. According to its’ official website, “…D.A.R.E is designed to give youth some decision-making skills to be able to weigh the consequence of a decision and take responsibility for their choice” (Jacobs, 2014). While deemed as one of the most widely used drug-resistance program, it has proved to be quite ineffective. Three reasons for this are that it targets young children at an age where peer pressure is most common, there is a lack of effectiveness in gathering enough data to prove it works, and there is not enough student involvement.
Why the program should have worked? What were the research paradigms they working under? What research is out there that…

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