Considering that this message came from my kindly neighborhood police officer, the guidance counselor with the never-ending supply of Tootsie Roll Pops and eventually my high school’s endearingly dim-witted football coach, I was at first inclined to believe their obviously well-intentioned warnings. But over time, just like thousands of kids who have endured the DARE program, my peers and I became jaded and cynical.[…]
[…] what turned the kids I knew against DARE was the blatant inconsistency of the (mis)information it provided. […] For most kids, I think, it seemed ridiculous to respect warnings from an organization with such a clear lack of respect for its audience’s intelligence.
This group is not only getting the word out, they’re doing something important.
Last year, the Drug Resource Center opened as a joint project between Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Department of Health Education. Its mission is to provide unbiased and truthful information about drug use, including the dangers thereof. The DRC’s volunteers are trained to direct visitors to the best sources of information so as to reduce harm. A more informed student body will be a safer one.
I encourage all students to visit the DRC, regardless of their personal stance regarding drugs – knowledge is power, and power is safety.
Congrats to the Brown SSDP.