DARE is a failure, and the link above goes into painful detail.
I have known for years that DARE was a complete failure, and it is my opinion that they may actually do more harm than good. When I was a kid, receiving my DARE indoctrination, the shameless authorities had the nerve to equate smoking a joint with the cocaine overdose of the star Maryland basketball player Len Bias. In short, they told us that all drugs were equally bad- that smoking a drug was just as bad as shooting up- cuz all drugs will kill you.
It takes exactly one high school student and one joint to competely destroy that myth and completely erase any authority the DARE officials might have had on drug usage and the dangers associated with it. I should know. I was the high school kid with the joint. I smoked one, didn’t jump off a building, murder my family, or drop dead. In fact, it felt good. I smoked on again and off again for about 3 years until I entered the military. Marijuana 1, Police Scare Tactics 0.
I am not the only person to have this experience. Millions of other children have smoked pot in their lives, not dropped dead, and tragically, because they now no longer believe a damned thing the police say, they may try harder drugs. And that is how DARE does more damage than good. Cut the funding now, and spend it on something more useful- like Mohair Subsidies.