The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) organization is well known for promoting anti-drug campaigns and for educating children about the dangers associated with drugs. D.A.R.E. is also known for posting information without verifying its accuracy.
Yesterday, D.A.R.E. posted an article on its website that was both inaccurate and humorous. The opening line of the article was, “Marijuana candies, sold on the street as ‘Uncle Tweety’s Chewy Flipper’ and ‘Gummy Satans’ are taking the country by storm.”
After finding out that the article was not true, D.A.R.E. removed the story but refused to comment on the situation. The title of the article was “Edible Marijuana Candies Kill 9 in Colorado, 12 at Coachella.” The author’s source was topekasnews.com, a well-known satirical website that is similar to TMZ.
Who wrote the article?
The anonymous author of the article was Haywood Bynum III, who has published a number of rediculous articles such as, “Is It Time For America To Invade The Middle East and Rename It New America,” “German Soccer Team Uses Nazi Super Soldier Serum To Beat Brazil 7-1, Risks Start of World War III” and “Are Women Even People, Really?”
In the article Bynum said, “It is sad that in a country as developed as America, such third world drugs such as marijuana are allowed to exist. Children are being addicted to marijuana. I knew this day would come, when a liberal president allowed a state to legally sell Marijuana Flintstone Vitamins to children.”
Bynum concluded his article with this astonishing statement: “Marijuana. It is one of the most dangerous drugs on Earth. For every one joint of marijuana, four teenagers become burdened with pregnancy.”
An organization held to higher standards
Although D.A.R.E. is not the first organization to be fooled by a fake website, the organization claims to provide education. D.A.R.E. needs to perform better due diligence before posting an article that will undermine its overall message.
D.A.R.E. is not the program it once was. Although the organization continues to receive funding from the Justice Department, the Department of State, other governmental agencies and corporations, they do not have the influence that they once had. The Obama administration ended the so-called “National Drug Abuse Resistance Education Day” tradition in 2012.
D.A.R.E. has tried to improve its image and recently launched a new curriculum with the name of “Keepin’ It Real.” The curriculum is focused more on researching drug abuse prevention. Hopefully this new curriculum is also focused on providing accurate information as well.