D.A.R.E. returns after 5-year hiatus

D.A.R.E. returns after 5-year hiatus

There are 7 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Nov 17, 2009, titled D.A.R.E. returns after 5-year hiatus. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

Sheriff Raul Villanueva has brought back the D.A.R.E. program to Grant County schools.

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elkstine

Silver City, NM

#1 Nov 17, 2009
Great job Sheriff Villanueva. We needed this. At last a proactive approach to the drug problems here in Grant County. Even if it prevents one child from doing drugs it's worth it. Look at Officer Cooper and how it affected him. Keep up the great job.
Observer

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Nov 17, 2009
elkstine wrote:
Great job Sheriff Villanueva. We needed this. At last a proactive approach to the drug problems here in Grant County. Even if it prevents one child from doing drugs it's worth it. Look at Officer Cooper and how it affected him. Keep up the great job.
No doubt about it, D.A.R.E. is a very worthwhile program to educate our children about the dangers of using illicit drugs.
HappyPerson

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Nov 17, 2009
That's great that the Sheriff would like to bring D.A.R.E. to the schools, but I would like to point out that the Grant County DWI program has been in both the Cobre and Silver Schools with evidence based prevention programs for the last 5 years
Rob C

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Nov 18, 2009
I haven't kept up on the research about DARE, but just a couple of years ago the research was highly definitive that DARE was an ineffective program. That's not a criticism of our local law enforcement, but a national problem. I wish Christine would have done the google search for "DARE effectiveness." Very first hit: "Scientific evaluation studies have consistently shown that DARE is ineffective in reducing the use of alcohol and drugs and is sometimes even counterproductive -- worse than doing nothing. That's the conclusion of the U.S. General Accounting Office, 1 the U.S. Surgeon General, 2 the National Academy of Sciences, 3 and the U.S. Department of Education, 4 among many others. 5"
Just Sayin

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Nov 18, 2009
Thanks Rob, for pointing that out. Also thanks, happy person, for your post. I, too, wish the newspaper had done a little "investigating" of the DARE program, and printed both sides. In Houston, evaluation showed a 29% increase in drug use and a 34% increase in cigarette use among students that participated in the DARE program. Leaders of DARE tend to ignore the "factual evidence" and prefer to rely on feelings. Why should tax payers pay for this program. Especially when we already have programs in the school?
Observer

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Nov 18, 2009
Just Sayin wrote:
Thanks Rob, for pointing that out. Also thanks, happy person, for your post. I, too, wish the newspaper had done a little "investigating" of the DARE program, and printed both sides. In Houston, evaluation showed a 29% increase in drug use and a 34% increase in cigarette use among students that participated in the DARE program. Leaders of DARE tend to ignore the "factual evidence" and prefer to rely on feelings. Why should tax payers pay for this program. Especially when we already have programs in the school?
Your information, along with Rob C.'s statistics, definitely cause me to reconsider my earlier posting above. If these disturbing numbers are correct, the Sun-News needs to bring them forward and ask our sheriff and school officials why in the world they would want to reintroduce the program to our children.

Come on Sun-News, let's see some follow up here.
billy the kid

Edgewood, NM

#7 Jan 4, 2010
yeah make the tax payers pay for it, even if it don't work what the heck...in Grant County its all about the money and whos pocket it goes in...Nothing ever changes in Silver Shitty

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