Though every parent wants their child to abstain from drugs, many kids will experiment despite a barrage of "Just Say No" messages.
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates started DARE over 20 years ago, as a program to prevent drug abuse among teens. Is this program even remotely effective? Study after study says no.
Young people need to know which drugs pose the most risks, and what to do in the event of emergency. Today's "Abstinence Only" approach to drug (and sex) education denies young people the facts they need to make informed decisions, in real-life situations.