Past and Future Directions of the D.A.R.E. Program: An Evaluation ReviewSeptember 1994
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is currently the Nation's predominant school-based drug prevention program, and both its prevalence and popularity continue to expand. The D.A.R.E. program, designed to prevent students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, uses trained, uniformed police officers in the classroom to teach a highly structured curriculum. In part because of its preeminent position, policymakers, researchers, educators, and parents are asking a number of fundamental questions about the program: How effective is D.A.R.E. in preventing drug use? What are D.A.R.E.'s effects compared with those of other school-based drug prevention programs? What are some of the basic features common to most D.A.R.E. programs? Past and Future Directions of the D.A.R.E. Program: An Evaluation Review reports on an extensive review of the D.A.R.E. program and an assessment of its place within the context of the broad spectrum of school-based drug prevention efforts.