Attorney General Jeff Sessions voiced support this week for bringing back the anti-drug program D.A.R.E. The program has been criticized for not providing effective results, the New York Daily News reports.
“D.A.R.E. is, I think, as I indicated, the best remembered anti-drug program today,” Sessions said at a training conference in Texas. “In recent years, people have not paid much attention to that message, but they are ready to hear it again.” He added, “We know it worked before and we can make it work again.”
In 2003, the Government Accountability Office issued a report that looked at six long-term evaluations of the D.A.R.E. elementary school curriculum and found “all of the evaluations suggested that D.A.R.E. had no statistically significant long-term effect on preventing youth illicit drug use.”