Just say no to D.A.R.E — starting a better conversation about youth drug prevention

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the The Hill on August 9, 2017. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently called for the return of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), the 1980s anti-drug campaign aimed at helping prevent and combat youth drug use. However, to truly prevent kids from using drugs, our country needs programs that are proven to work. In particular, marijuana, since it is becoming increasingly legalized. What we do not need is a reboot of the uninformed, unsuccessful D.A.R.E. model. The D.A.R.E. program became a national phenomenon during the 1980s and 1990s. Its started as a prevention program in the Los Angeles Police Department focused on educating chi

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