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Drug and Alcohol resistance programs

As we prepare for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week this January 22nd-27th, let’s take a closer look at the longstanding preparation program D.A.R.E.

In recent years the D.A.R.E. program has been criticized, with some evidence suggesting that the program may even encourage curiosity regarding substance use.  Lawrence Pender passionately argues that we need to address these issues.

What is it about DARE that we need to fix?  I remember you mentioned that some studies show that it may increase curiosity of kids…


Lawrence explains, “We need to come up with better processes to teach the children the consequences of drug use.  Today, with the way drugs are–the opioid epidemic–It is not as long a process of becoming addicted as it used to be.  I’ve got to say this–kids don’t have the same fear of substances as they used to.  That lack of fear is a very scary thing.  Fear will keep you from going across a certain line.  It is going to be so vital that the ‘parent peice’ happens as we strive to improve the D.A.R.E. program going forward.”

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is January 22-27th

Until D.A.R.E. type programs can be further improved upon with more up-to-date research, Lawrence Pender agrees that programs like National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®  only stand to improve upon current programs by dispelling myths and rumors about drug use among our children. Click here to learn more about community involvement in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week!

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