national statistics do not support the idea that the DARE program is successful.
The Alcohol Abuse Prevention website states that the U.S. Department of Education doesn’t allow school money to be used toward DARE because it has proved to be ineffective in convincing children not to choose drugs.
“Scientific evaluation studies consistently have shown that DARE is ineffective in reducing the use of alcohol and drugs and is sometimes even counterproductive — worse than doing nothing,” the website states.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara said he is sensitive to the security and budget issues the court faces, but added he disagrees with national data and is against the elimination of the drug awareness classes.
McNamara said his task forces are working hard to eliminate drug activity in the county and that he fully supports anything that would give the department an advantage.Leave it to McLennan County law enforcement to insist on a program that data shows is not just "ineffective" but "counterproductive." DARE is not a law enforcement initiative, it's a propaganda campaign. And prioritizing it at the expense of courthouse security is just dumb as dirt.
McNamara said 90 percent of the people he arrests are associated with illegal drugs in some way. He said the standard excuse for any criminal activity is being mentally unsound on an illegal substance.
“As serious as the drug situation is in McLennan County, I wish the court would look long and hard before doing away with the DARE program,” he said.