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Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., program, calling it instrumental in educating kids about the dangers of drug use. But decades-worth of research doesn’t back that up.

First Lady Nancy Reagan sits with students at Rosewood Elementary School in Los Angeles in February 1987 as they listen to a DARE presentation by a Los Angeles police officer. (Nick Ut/AP)
First Lady Nancy Reagan sits with students at Rosewood Elementary School in Los Angeles in February 1987 as they listen to a DARE presentation by a Los Angeles police officer. (Nick Ut/AP)

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German Lopez, Senior Reporter for Vox. (@germanrlopez)

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Vox: Jeff Sessions’s Praise Of DARE Shows He Just Can’t Quit The 1980s — "Decades of research show that DARE was nothing short of a complete disaster, failing to reduce drug use among youth. Even DARE’s own leaders finally acknowledged this after years of denying the evidence, redesigning the curriculum under a new slogan — “keepin’ it REAL” — by 2012 after the overwhelming empirical evidence finally led multiple levels of government to pull back funding for the program."

The Washington Post: A Brief History Of DARE, The Anti-Drug Program Jeff Sessions Wants To Revive — "Eventually, the program was in place in up to 75 percent of the nation’s school districts, by DARE’s own count. At its height, the group boasted an eight-figure budget, with much of that money coming from government sources. Individual state affiliates raised millions more."

This segment aired on July 17, 2017.

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