D.A.R.E. recently posted an article on their site entitled, “Edible Marijuana Candies Kill 9 in Colorado, 12 at Coachella.” Having been shared by one of the top anti-drug organizations in America, this article caused an uproar of confusion for those who understand that a lethal overdose from cannabis simply cannot occur, and poisoned the minds of those less informed. Unfortunately for D.A.R.E’s credibility, they relied on the satirical website topekasnews.com for the source for information.
The D.A.R.E. article was quickly removed after the organization was called out by Christopher Ingram of the Washington Post.
Topekasnews.com posts a variety of comical stories every day. In fact, this particular article’s author has written numerous satires including, “Are Women Even People, Really,” and “German Soccer Team Uses Nazi Super Soldier Serum To Beat Brazil 7-1, Risks Start of World War III.”
Fake and satirical news sites are all over the Internet today, and D.A.R.E. is not the first organization to be deceived by one. The problem is that D.A.R.E. is an organization whose mission is to educate the public on drug awareness. Posting false content eliminates the credibility of their message.
The false content was removed from D.A.R.E.’s site. However, you can still view it on the Internet Archive. In the false article, the author made some fairly outrageous claims like the one below:
“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.”
During the 1980s and 1990s, D.A.R.E. was a very popular organization which spent much of its time in schools discouraging kids from using drugs and inflating the War on Drugs. The Scientific America stated that their efforts did “little or nothing to combat drug use.” In fact, the researchers revealed that students of the program have the same chance of using drugs as people who are not enrolled.