D.A.R.E., America’s Most Famous Anti-Drug Program, Will No Longer Talk to Children About Marijuana

 

 

 

” D.A.R.E., the national nonprofit that has promoted “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” to elementary, middle, and high school students since the early 1980s, will all but drop anti-drug material from its curriculum for younger students, according to a state chapter leader.

“D.A.R.E. America has determined that anti-drug material is not age-appropriate,” the state affiliate leader, who asked not to be identified, told Reason. “The new curriculum focuses on character development.”

News of a major curriculum change was first reported in early November when an elementary school resource officer in Kennewick, Washington told KNDU25, “The new curriculum starts as of December for us…it does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all.” (Marijuana is the only illicit drug that D.A.R.E. claims to have reduced the use of through its educational programs. Drug reform advocates have slammed D.A.R.E. for its characterization of pot.)

I emailed D.A.R.E. America’s headquarters in California on Nov. 6 (the same day Washington legalized recreational marijuana) hoping to learn more about the alleged curriculum change. I also emailed the head of the Washington chapter and the head of the regional chapter. I didn’t hear back from any of them.

Then late last week, a state affiliate contacted me to say that the Kennewick officer’s claim was true. “