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Here are some productive things that concerned parents and citizens can do to abate the spread of D.A.R.E.:

  1. Spread the truth about D.A.R.E.. Post references to this web site on your regular discussion groups, and encourage others to visit this site. Distribute photocopies of articles and studies.
  2. Read the materials. Don't rely on ours, D.A.R.E.'s, or anybody else's description of the curriculum. Get the Officers Training Manual and read what they are instructed to teach. (The student workbook is NOT representative of the is highly sanitized.)
  3. Look at the video, "The Land of Decisions and Choices." Ask whether it accurately and realistically reflects the sorts of temptations children must resist in the real world. Consider whether its depiction of parents and adults is fair, and whether its depiction of drug and drug users is accurate.
  4. Insist that the "affirmative consent" rule be observed, that is, that no children may be included in D.A.R.E. whose parents have not affirmatively and specifically consented.
  5. Attend a municipal or school budget hearing. Find out how much money your school system is spending on D.A.R.E., and demand that the benefits justify the costs. Obtain an accounting of local D.A.R.E. income and expenses.
  6. Educate your school board. Make photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles critical of D.A.R.E. and distribute them liberally.
  7. Educate your local media. Urge newspapers, TV, radio and tabloid weeklies to make an honest appraisal of the D.A.R.E. program, its worth, efficacy and cost.
  8. Write your U.S. Representative and Senators. Ask why so much money is being poured into D.A.R.E., in the absence of proof that it works. Request that he or she take a critical look at the program. Their addresses:
       The Honorable (your Senator)    The Honorable (your Representative)
       United States Senate               House of Representatives
       Washington, D.C. 20510           Washington, D.C. 20515
               Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
  9. Write to state officials, including your state representative and senator, as well as education officials, raising serious questions about the program.
  10. Talk to teenagers who went through D.A.R.E. as fifth graders, find out what, if any, impact, it had on them.
  11. Educate your children about the real dangers of drugs, and do not rely on indoctrination by the state to take the place of parental control and influence.


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