Drug education programs in Missouri schools, better known as DARE, are facing budget cuts – just as every other aspect of state government is. Some argue there are not enough tangible results to justify the expenditure. Lieutenant Ed Moses with the Missouri Highway Patrol coordinates the training programs for DARE officers throughout the state. He understands there are some tough budget choices that have to be made. The DARE program has had its share of cuts as well. Moses says he has had to cut out many of the extras such as pencils that promote the program and stick with the essentials such as workbooks. But he says there are hard facts that show how much drug use has dropped by students since DARE programs started more than a decade ago.
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