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DARE Effective or Not DARE otherwise known as Drug Abuse Resistance Education the program started in 1983 by Darryl Gates who was the chief of police in Las Angeles to teach kids to say no to drugs is under scrutiny The program that has been taught to kids for eighteen years is under scrutiny because it is said to be less or just as effective as regular drug programs taught in health classes The DARE program reaches seventy-five percent of the school districts nationwide and in 54 countries DARE is taught to fifth and sixth graders by uniform police officers in a seventeen week program Studies have been done over the past years to show that DARE doesnt work Plus a reform is going to occur to try and fix the problem In September 1987 a study began by a widely respected drug abuse researcher from the University of Kentucky Dick Clayton Mr Clayton questioned that DARE wasnt doing its job Clayton and his team study involved school children from all thirty-one elementary schools in of Lexington Kentucky The schools were randomly assigned to receive DARE program treatment or to receive no treatment at allwwwdruglibraryorg2 Students in the study were tested before and immediately after going through the DARE program Then they were tested each year after the program until the spring of 1992 Claytons team found that the results of going through the program were short-livedwwwdruglibraryorg2 Clayton said dare is suppose to reduce drug use In the long term it does notwwwdruglibraryorg2 Another study done in 1987 took place in Kokomo Indiana It was the first Indiana city to sign up for the DARE programwwwdruglibrayorg2 School officials invited two sociology professors form the local branch of Indiana University to run an experiment and see how well the program workswwwdruglibrary2 The results were expected to be glowing for the program and would accelerate the implementation of the program elsewhere The
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