Mike tells Sarah that the D.A.R.E. program did not, in fact, keep kids off drugs. But that’s just the beginning of the debunking. Digressions include Martin Scorsese, Iceland and control groups. Both co-hosts reveal that they were not cool enough to be offered drugs in high school.
- “A popular program for preventing teen drug use does not help. Here’s what does.” https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-just-say-no-doesnt-work/
- More on how D.A.R.E. crushed dissent: http://www.courtinnovation.org/sites/default/files/DARE.pdf
- A 1994 review of the evidence on D.A.R.E.: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/152055NCJRS.pdf
- Carol Weiss’s study on why educators kept DARE even when they knew it didn’t work: http://people.uncw.edu/imperialm/UNCW/PLS_506/E&PP_DARE_Ignoring_Evaluation_findings_2005_28_247.pdf
- Iceland: “Those fuckers are good at everything”: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/teens-drugs-iceland/513668/
- The fascinating statistical-methods paper that that debunks *everything*: “The Social Construction of ‘Evidence-Based’ Drug Prevention Programs”