Essay The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program

1239 Words Mar 18th, 2016 5 Pages
“The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program is used in nearly 80% of the school districts in the United States, in 54 other countries around the world, and is taught to 36,000,000 students each year” (Hanson 1). Since D.A.R.E. makes appearances in many schools all over the world it’s important to be aware of how affective this program really is. Despite the arguments that D.A.R.E. programs reach out to kids at a young age and prevent many from turning to a life of drug abuse, it is clear that D.A.R.E. is failing because teens are more inclined to listen to their peers than adults, it costs a lot of money to upkeep, it shows no signs of long term effectiveness, and the program can actually increase drug use. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. D.A.R.E. has been implemented in many schools across America and is meant to educate children at a young age about drugs before they reach their teen years where they are more likely to be drawn to them. While it’s true that informing teens about the dangers of drugs and alcohol is important teens are more willing to listen to a friend or peer than an adult. Drug education starting at a young age is important because “early use of drugs increases a person’s chance of developing addiction” (Preventing Drug Abuse: The Best Strategy 1). Someone who begins to abuse drugs at a young age will be more likely to abuse them than someone who waits until they are older. This is because at a young age, one cannot accurately…

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