War On Drugs Czar Jeff Sessions Can’t Get Out Of The 80s

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who should be more accurately known as the War on Drugs Czar, is firmly stuck in the 80’s. His approval of the old, outdated, and ineffective DARE program proves that he’s out of touch with current realities.

Sessions has embarrassed himself when it comes to drugs; especially cannabis since becoming the Attorney General of the United States. He’s such an embarrassment, that some even suggest he smoke some marijuana and relax a little.  But the longer he’s in office, the more humiliating it is to watch him flop around like goldfish in the sand.

He’s now gone out of his way to praise the old DARE program from the 80’s. Some might remember it, DARE: Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It was a government-funded program enacted in 75% of American schools to try to keep kids off drugs, but based on the opioid epidemic we are facing, it has epically failed.

That hasn’t stopped Sessions from declaring his undying love for the failed program. Speaking at a DARE conference, Sessions said, “DARE is, I think, the best remembered anti-drug program today. In recent years, people have not paid much attention to that message, but they are ready to hear it again. …We know it worked before, and we can make it work again.” However, the statistics aren’t exactly in Sessions’ favor.

Students who went through DARE weren’t any less likely to do drugs than the students who didn’t. In fact, there’s some well-regarded research that some groups of students were actually more likely to do drugs if they went through DARE. Scientists knew DARE was ineffective relatively early on, but the program grew anyways. The program’s eventual reform was the result of a long and hard battle between evidence-based research, and popular opinion. –SOURCE

The DARE program cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and it’s “cool” 90’s trendy mascot “Daren the Lion” has all but been forgotten. But Sessions just can’t give up on DARE and it’s failures. Just like he can’t give up on his fight to ensure marijuana remains illegal.

Sessions’ inability to focus on the problem of government interference in the “war on drugs” has been a disaster. He doesn’t seem to really be interested in the facts or the causes of drug use, nor is he willing to listen to possible solutions outside of government punishments. A 2000 study by the American Psychological Association and a report to Congress from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service in 1998 both came to the same conclusion: kids who went through the DARE program were just as likely to use drugs as those who did not.

Many have claimed that the problem wasn’t the education of the effects of drug use, but the fact that police were teaching these classes, not doctors or nurses. It undermined the effectiveness of the program even though some assumed that the police would have more “authority” when it comes to “criminal behavior” than a doctor.

Dr. Ruth Rich was tasked with selecting the first curriculum for the DARE program. Research on drug prevention education was already underway at USC, under the title “SMART.” But there was a catch, DARE’s founder desired the program be taught by police officers themselves, not doctors or teachers. Rich agreed with him, on the grounds that cops are more familiar with the “criminal culture.” As she told the LA Times, “There’s a gap between the street and the classroom. Police officers are believable on this subject. When it comes to drugs, they’re more credible than a teacher.”

The idea of police officers in the classroom turned off some of SMART’s original authors, including the head of the research team, Andy JohnsonReason Magazine reported, “Though sympathetic to Rich’s dilemma, Johnson had serious objections to handing an experimental educational program over to the local police.”

Government punishments for drug use haven’t worked, and neither has handing over the task of education on drugs to the police. Major changes in how the government handles drug use and freeing up the industry which treats addiction is what would work the best, but is also the one thing the government refuses to try – because we can’t’ have freedom.  It’s just way too scary.

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  • Jimmy Yost

    Jeff Sessions is from Alabama which is the home of one of the biggest opiod drug manufacturing plants in the US, and he is obviously very loyal to Big Pharma. Yet he claims to be an outspoken Christian. Evidently he has either never read or never understood what Jesus meant when he said:

    “Hearken unto me everyone of you and understand: there is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 7:14-16 New American Standard Version).

    He said this in response to the Pharisees publicly denigrating him and his disciples because they picked some ears of corn off the plants and ate them without washing their hands.

    Sessions should know this but he obviously has other interests. Thinking about him reminded me of this quote by Hannah Arendt:

    “Only crime and the criminal it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”

  • TrevorD

    “WAR ON DRUGS CZAR JEFF SESSIONS CAN’T GET OUT OF THE 80S”
    Aaah me too, the music, the fashion and best of all the very, very exiting drugs, Probably much more exiting just because they were illegal.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I love the way people put things down by calling it “80s style.”

      What they fail to understand, is that at least the 80s had style.

      • g.johnon

        uhhhhh….yeah.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          What kind of “style” did the 90s, 2000s, have?

          Black on black. Wow. What style. . .

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            Yeah, “heroin chic” including the dark circles under the eyes…remember that “fashion trend” from the early 90s? How ironic…

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          Oh G, come on, the 80s WERE THE GREATEST!

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Yes, it was the very best of everything… including the coke LOL

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s but I don’t really miss them much. I’m more of a 90’s guy myself. When I think of the 80’s, all I can think of are hair bands-as in music, high, narrow collared shirts and …mullets. For the love of God, anything but mullets….

      • TrevorD

        lol, we all have our moments and hang-ups I guess.

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Yeah, and it waz AWESOME, but that was mostly early to mid-80s. Then after that we got GnR, the Crue, Metallica, The B-Boys, and damnit, if I hadn’t killed so many brain cells in the 80s I could name off SOOO many more LOL

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Oh and that guy’s name is Dave McGowan….

    • g.johnon

      the 80’s sucked ass. you shoulda been around in the 60’s and early 70’s.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        I was.
        The 80s have the 90s and 00s beat by orders of magnitude.

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          most def, Rev.

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Well, they were awesome too, but I was a mere tot in the 60s and the 70s were my “awkward” years so I couldn’t really enjoy them like you did G! I do cherish the music and the “culture” from those days even though that’s when I believe they began really amping up the propaganda and psy-ops on us…speaking of which, have you read Dave McGowan’s research on the 60s rock scene in CA? Interesting stuff if you’re looking for something new.

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      My heart will always be “stuck in the 80s” for those very same reasons and a few more Trev…how I miss the good ol days! LOL!

  • lfthndthrds

    But it’s legal Jimmy.

    Sessions is an ass. You don’t hide a drug problem. You let it play itself out. It’s amazing what happens.

  • CozmicSeer

    That definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over expecting different results applies to the bigot Sessions completely. He needs to be removed from any office or position where his ability to influence anyone is done away with. The founding fathers would have had him removed from this country for his intolerance toward freedom.

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      Yes, along with just about anyone else appearing to run something in the Federal Govt. since at least the 1960s.

  • Elaine.Benes, II

    They wouldn’t feel the need to apo!ogize for burning down 500 art museums as they would be assisting their masters in the ongoing elimination and degradation of the Arts.