The HBO hit Euphoria is being called out as glamorizing drug use to young audiences. 

Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education aka D.A.R.E. issued a statement to NBC News in which their rep said, “Rather than further each parent’s desire to keep their children safe from the potentially horrific consequences of drug abuse and other high-risk behavior, HBO’s television drama, Euphoria, chooses to misguidedly glorify and erroneously depict high school student drug use, addiction, anonymous sex, violence, and other destructive behaviors as common and widespread in today’s world.”

The D.A.R.E. program was built to give kids and teenagers the knowledge and tools they need to “just say no” to drugs and alcohol. Euphoria, as they suggest above, fails to help. Thus, D.A.R.E. is daring to suggest they step in and help guide the show in a direction that is more helpful. They expressed that the shows also has a heavy fill of violence, unsafe sex, and “casual” drug use. 

So where does that leave everyone who’s watching? The show is not going anywhere and HBO has yet to respond but the D.A.R.E. statement is certainly prompting the question – are these types of shows actually good for young audiences? Afterall, the eyes are the window to the soul.

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