Pubdate: Wed, 18 Jul 2007
Source: Tallahassee Democrat (FL)
Copyright: 2007 Tallahassee Democrat.
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Author: Robert Sharpe
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Re: "Dare to look elsewhere for savings," (editorial, July 13).

Independent evaluations of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) 
have found the program to be either ineffective or counterproductive. 
The scare tactics used do more harm than good. Students who realize 
they've been lied to about marijuana may make the mistake of assuming 
that harder drugs like cocaine are relatively harmless as well. This 
is a recipe for disaster. Drug education programs must be 
reality-based or they may backfire when kids are inevitably exposed 
to drug use among their peers.

The most popular recreational drug and the one most closely 
associated with violent behavior, alcohol, is often overlooked. It 
takes far more lives each year than all illegal drugs combined. 
Alcohol may be legal, but it's still the No. 1 drug problem.

Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy 
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