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    Is there a local D.A.R.E. group that I can get my newphew involved with? Are they sponsored by schools, or would the West Seattle precint play a part? Any help/guidance would be great.




    Oddly there doesn’t seem to be a DARE program in Seattle. Not with the SPD. Not with the School District. At least that is what I read from the DARE website. Who’d a thunk?



    I would call the SPD or stop by the office on Delridge. I have seen the trucks and it seems my brother was involved for a while with this program through King County. If SPD doesn’t have anything call King County Police.



    Seriously? I am horrified that DARE is still even around. I am personally a product of DARE and all we learned from it is that adults are foolish and attempt to use fear to rationalize hypocrisy ( specifically that drugs are universally bad, but prescription drugs and booze are somehow different).

    Oh and that once you smoke pot and you don’t wet yourself and rob a liquor store the first thing you consider is what else to try, and how much you were lied to.



    There used to be a DARE programs affiliated with the SPD and SPS, but it was discontinued, I believe, because of budget cuts.



    I had DARE in my classroom three years ago and then it was cancelled. The district didn’t have enough evidence that it actually worked.



    Here’s a transcript from KCTS about DARE in Seattle.


    As you can see it was cancelled by Norm Stamper.



    When my D.A.R.E. officer first came to Schmitz Park to talk to my class in 5th grade, I had little-to-no knowledge of the “seedy drug world” that McGruff and he would soon teach me about. Following their weekly visits, not only were my friends and I suddenly educated about all of these exciting sounding drugs that we had never even HEARD of, but now we were anxious to find out what all of these crazy drugs “really” felt like! I was one of the few to resist. And I give D.A.R.E. zero credit for that.

    Do you know who does get credit? Good parenting.



    D.A.R.E. is a lame program and many police departments have dropped it due to lack of proof it has any effect on reducing drug use.

    D.A.R.E. America is the company that oversees the program nationwide and is all about bringing in money to its coffers.

    And reference celestes comment at #3 to contact the King County Sheriff’s Office–don’t bother as they don’t have a D.A.R.E. program either.

    (FWIW, there’s no such agency as King County Police. They changed their name to Sheriff’s Office several years ago.)



    From what I hear that program spawned a lot more users than deterred them. Not recommended! I’m sure there are other programs he could get involved in. Plus I think intervention/education by family members works just fine.

    If it doesn’t I’ll put on my bubba teeth and my cut off overalls and give him a little Come to Jesus talk myself about the dangers of drugs. :)



    I always thought DARE was a State Patrol program, weird. Clearly made an impact!



    I remember DARE, and not to knock it…but what it taught me was what drugs were and HOW TO DO THEM.

    Talking to your kids is the best way to educate them.



    I went through the DARE program and all I really remember was some girl that stuck her mascara in her eye because i did/still do my makeup in my car.

    I’m a teacher now and whenever kids talk about drugs I tell them the truth: they make you unmotivated and stupid. THE END.




    The core flaw in the DARE program is that adults lie to them about pot.

    Authority figures lying and proving the authoritarian maxim that “the ends justify the means” can’t help but backfire in the era of wide-spread factual info.

    When they lie to kids about pot, they invalidate the very real dangers of meth and opiates almost as much as the fact that Keith Richards is still alive does. :)



    All I remember from DARE was how fun it was to see the officer’s gun and samples of cocaine, heroine, acid, and marijuana up close.

    But I think DARE, along with a bunch of other advice, education and warnings, were suffucient to keep me off the hard stuff.

    I always found it kinda dumb that they didn’t really concentrate the whole program on tobacco and alcohol as the two biggest and most likely threats to our safety that we’d ever face.



    If you’re looking for an honest education on the effects of drugs or alcohol, you and your nephew might want to just go to an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

    The open meetings are open to everyone, and often attended by medical students and social workers who are trying to learn more about addiction. It would be a very friendly and practical way to learn the true reality of drug or alcohol abuse.

    In all honestly, there’s no education better than AA or NA.

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