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D.A.R.E. and Scared Straight programs have been used in the U.S. for roughly 30 years. The intention is to frighten youth into not using drugs. Many high schools have D.A.R.E. officers. This program has continually been shown by research to be ineffective and in some cases counterproductive, with some students who graduate from D.A.R.E. actually being more likely to drink or do drugs than students who don’t participate.

• Why is this program still popular when it has been proven to be ineffective?

• Is it really possible to “ scare ” someone out of doing something they want to do?

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