DARE Doesn’t Work

“Drug officials: DARE wastes money” says the headline in The Birmingham News.

The ineffective Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program should have no place in Alabama’s alcohol and drug abuse prevention policy. That was the consensus reached by youth advocates, drug treatment experts and court officials at a recent high-level meeting.

Special guest at the meeting was a Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Executive Director of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

“If the point is we use evidence-based programs, and the evidence shows that DARE doesn’t work, why are we spending money on DARE?” asked the head of the Justices Sciences Program of the University of Alabama. And the program manager for law enforcement and traffic safety emphasized that the federal government says “we should not be funding DARE.”

No one knows how much money is being spent on DARE, but one official suggested that the funds could be spent on much better things, such as textbooks.

To learn about DARE visit Dare to Drop DARE.


  • Crowder, Carla. Drug officials: DARE wastes money. The Birmingham News, 3-7-04.