you lied about drugs

  • Chas: Not like you to want to face the music. I always had you down as more of a coward.
  • Robert: Believe it or not it matters. I've never loved anyone like I do Aaron.
  • Chas: You've got a funny way of showing it. (Aaron comes in) Aaron. (they hug) Look at you. You look terrible.
  • Aaron: I'm fine.
  • Chas: No, no, you're not. So don't try spinning me any of them lies. (whispers) I know about the drugs.
  • Aaron: What? You told her?
  • Robert: I didn't have a choice. I was so worried about you. And last time you were...
  • Aaron: I haven't taken anything since the last time I saw you. I swear. Robert, I know, I've messed everything up big time but I didn't mean what I said.
  • Chas: None of that matters. Okay? All you have to do is focus on the next few weeks and then -
  • Aaron: Robert. I'm sorry.
  • Robert: Not as sorry as I am.
  • Aaron: What for? Has something happened?
  • Robert: You could say that.
D.A.R.E to be honest.

“What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church…a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept them.” - Martin Luthor

Well, founder-of-Protestantism, I’ll tell you what harm there is, all with this thing called D.A.R.E.

You may not have grown up with Drug Abuse Resistance Education ( D.A.R.E. ) programs in your school, but I did. DARE was a mix of just-say-no pablum, extreme scare stories about drugs and out-and-out lies about drugs and addiction. Just once will make you an addict. You’ll have flashbacks forever. Pot is a gateway drug. That sort of thing. 

I remember a mustachioed cop ranting at us at an assembly, pacing up and down, huffing and puffing and growling down at us with a look of utter contempt in his eyes as he regaled us with a story about two kids who were huffing paint and wound up in comas. “We call them Gumby and Poker.” he said with a sort of sadistic glee, getting Pokey’s name wrong in the process of telling what was probably an abject lie. It was one of the earliest times I recognized that an adult could be, and probably was, full of shit.

See, the thing is, D.A.R.E. had good intentions. PCP, heroin, huffing and others are all are life-endangering drugs. However, because they lied, for the cause, vilifying even the lightest drugs in an effort to keep us far, far away from all of them. And when kids found out that they’d lied, exaggerated, and tried to scare them, they threw the whole kit-and-caboodle in the waste basket.

To this day, D.A.R.E. is considered to have no provable efficacy and in some cases has shown to INCREASE the likelihood of drug use.

This is why if you are using bad data to support a good cause, you’re doing harm, not good.