D.A.R.E. Bedeviled

A new study questions the effectiveness of the country's most popular drug-prevention program

The initials are plastered on bumper stickers and school bulletin boards from California to the Carolinas: DARE. The acronym stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a $750 million-a-year drug-prevention program that is the most popular in the nation. But is it the most successful?

In the past three years, a number of parents' groups have organized against the program, protesting what they call the pseudo psychology at its core. Says Gary Peterson of Colorado, the founder of the fledgling national group Parents Against DARE: "Our schools are giving away more and more time to social- engineering programs that have not been...

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