Pubdate: Thu, 22 Feb 2001
Source: New York Times (NY)
Copyright: 2001 The New York Times Company
Contact:  229 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
Fax: (212) 556-3622
Author: Lynn M. Paltrow


Re "Antidrug Program Says It Will Adopt a New Strategy" (front page,
Feb. 15): Even as revised, the DARE program will not effectively
address some important precursors to drug use. Having represented some
of the most reviled drug users in this country -- drug-using pregnant
women -- I know that too often, a history of having been raped, of
being sexually abused or experiencing the sudden death of a parent or
other loved one marks the beginning of problem drug use.

DARE would do well to remember that among those in its student
audiences are young people who need help with issues far more painful
and frightening than whether or not they will "fit in" with their peers.

Lynn M. Paltrow,
Executive Director,
National Advocates for Pregnant Women,
New York
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