Youth Violence Interventions
Education to Prevent Drug Abuse
The link between drug abuse and violent behavior
is well-established. Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is the most
prevalent school-based drug abuse prevention program in the United States. Unfortunately,
there is little evidence that it is effective. A long-term study of the program
in 36 schools in Illinois found only limited impact of the program immediately after
the intervention, and no evidence of a sustained benefit over time (Ennett 1994).
DARE also had no effect on peer resistance skills. Other evaluations of DARE found
that the short-term effectiveness of the program is limited, and generally less
than the effectiveness associated with more interactive prevention programs (Ennett 1994).