Remember the D.A.R.E. program you went through sometime in junior high? Well that's what it did to juniors, it got them high. Research has shown that the program may get kids interested in doing drugs rather than keeping them off drugs. The D.A.R.E. program failed to work because junior high is simply too late to start talking about prevention of drugs and alcohol during the beginning stages of adolescence. Research has shown that the one good thing D.A.R.E. did for our youth was make police officers approachable.
If a program is to be run in the school systems to prevent kids from getting involved with drugs it should be in elementary school. Not as a scare tactic but to let them know before they start doing drugs the harmful effects that it can have on them. I know when I was in junior high I liked to goof off and often say things to make the class laugh, a serious topic like prevention of drugs was not something I would listen to.
Programs that focus on managing stress, nutrition, staying healthy and alternative activities are just some examples of other methods of prevention to junior high kids.If they get the drug prevention as a youngin then more healthy life choices as an adolescent, it may help keep them off drugs when they are first DARED to take their first hit.