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Capitol Health Call
February 5, 2003

GAO: DARE Does Not Work

JAMA. 2003;289(5):539. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.539-a

A thorough review of the most widely used school-based substance abuse prevention program in the United States, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), found that the program does not prevent drug use or change students' attitudes toward drugs.

Conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO), the research arm of Congress, the review analyzed six studies that followed students who participated in DARE, starting in fifth and sixth grades, for up to a decade. A literature review highlighted these studies because they were the only reports that included long-term comparisons of control and intervention groups.

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