Pubdate: Sun, 26 Mar 2000
Source: Detroit News (MI)
Copyright: 2000, The Detroit News
Author: Paul M. Bischke, Kevin Michaels


I would like to offer The Detroit News staff my wholehearted approval of the
story on the issue of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programs in
public schools (“DARE doesn’t work,” Feb. 27). I offer this praise not
because I necessarily have an agenda in the “war on drugs,” but because I
feel there is a concerted lack of discourse about these vital matters in
almost every American public forum.

Kevin Michaels, Milford

Thanks for The News’ sensible stance about DARE. Let’s stop wasting
drug-prevention dollars on something that doesn’t work — and which may
actually be counterproductive. The constructive course of action is clear.
Dump DARE. Let police departments do public relations work on their own
tabs. Then install an honest and proven drug education program in schools.
Any questions?

Paul M. Bischke, St. Paul, Minn.
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