Before addiction, there's a child Maine Focus "Proponents of D.A.R.E. believe in D.A.R.E. very much," said Khary Rigg, assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida. "They're on the frontlines. They have an emotional attachment to D.A.R.E. They see the kids; they have this anecdotal evidence. They say the researchers in the ivory tower don't see the true effects."