So, this whole D.A.R.E. thing is still chapping my ass. And it causes me to go into the earlier mentioned rant about the ieffectiveness of D.A.R.E. as a program. So, without further ado, here’s my tear down of the Drugs Are Really Exciting program.

First off, let me say that I do feel like D.A.R.E. could be a good program in the battle of drug abuse. For it to be a decent mode of information though, it needs to be truthful. It needs to not be based in fear mongering and lies. D.A.R.E., at the moment, represents most kids’ first exposure to drugs. I didn’t know what pot was until Officer Friendly showed us some way back in the day. I didn’t know cocaine went up your nose… until Officer Friendly told us about it. I didn’t know, well you get the idea. I was taught about drugs in school by a uniformed police officer, not ‘on the streets’. I remember after my D.A.R.E. class was done with, I was terrified that their were drug gangs in Lawrence, KS, just waiting to hold me down and force feed me my first hit.

Obviously, I was wrong.

What Officer Friendly neglected to mention (among other things) was the fact that alcohol and cigarettes were also drugs. Or the fact that even our non abused pharmaceuticals are also drugs. Or that marijuana has been around for 10,000 years and socially acceptable for most of that time. Or the fact that we waste billions on a proven ineffective drug war. Most important to me was the fact that ‘marijuana is the gateway’ not ‘booze and cigarettes are the gateway’.

If we want American youth to not abuse drugs, then we need to be wholly honest with them. You reap what you sow. And if you tell them, ‘Yeah, getting high is fun and safe,’ instead of ‘Pot kills you! Alcohol won’t!’ Our kids will be better informed and better prepared to make such a decision as the time arises. Let me be clear; I do not advocate underage cannabis use (excepting medical use under close scrutiny of the parents) but I want Amercan youths to be truthfully educated when the time comes. Now, I know some might accuse me of endorsing drug use, (Which I do!) but I feel that we all do drugs. It may be something as innoculous as coffee or something as hard as The Big H, but its all drugs and we all do them. So, the day will come when said child will be faced with a choice of drugs. We all know that they’ll pick something. I just want them to pick the thing that has never killed anyone.

I will not send my child through the D.A.R.E. program citing the reasons stated above. As well as my political convictions which tell me that is a parent’s responsibility to teach their offspring about the dangers of addictive drugs. Not the State’s job. But with our society going more ‘hands off’, we all know that the State is the last bastion of hope for education. Still, I will educate my son truthfully about drugs. I will tell him that they can be fun, but even more often can be dangerous. I subscribe from the ‘natural drug’ school of thought. I’m not too worried about pot and shrooms. If it had to be synthesized… not so much. I hope that by starting an honest discourse with my son about drugs then he will respect what I said when he comes across them. As opposed to Officer Friendly teaching me and then me subsequently trying drugs to see what he was talking about. And further realizing that; ‘If they lied to me about pot, what else have they been hiding from me?’ And not believing anything they said after that.

D.A.R.E. is a waste of taxpayer money. A waste of our children’s time. A waste of the time of Officer Friendly who could (ironically) be out there busting pot smokers. D.A.R.E. is just overall a waste.

And they call us ‘Dopes’.

Legalize It!