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July 23, 2012

Church of Scientology Backs UN Drug Demand Reduction Strategy

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Active in drug education and prevention throughout the year, Scientologists around the world participated in United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

According to this year’s United Nations World Drug Report, drug-abuse kills some 200,000 each year and creates a “heavy financial burden” internationally. In a concerted effort to counter this epidemic, in the weeks leading up to the UN Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking June 26 through the first week of July, Scientology Churches, Missions and groups around the world, working with like-minded individuals and groups, organize, sponsor and contribute to drug awareness activities to prevent drug abuse before it begins.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was created by the UN General Assembly in December 1987 to encourage all sectors of society to work together to tackle drug abuse and addiction. Scientologists commemorated the day by organizing and sponsoring conferences, lectures and symposia, participating in cross-country running and cycling races, meeting with elected officials and manning drug education booths and kiosks.

In Tokyo, the Church helped organize a drug education symposium where legislators networked with representatives of civil society and journalists, sharing information on effective drug prevention strategies.

Sydney Scientologists set up drug information booths on busy streets, where visitors watched the Truth About Drugs documentary, Real People—Real Stories, and took home copies of The Truth About Drugs seriesof drug education booklets to share with friends and families.

Russian Scientologists ran hundreds of miles in a two-week anti-drug “marathon” from Nizhny Novgorod to Kaluga, on to Ivanovo, Yaroslavl and Orel and ending in Moscow. Along the way they lectured in schools and colleges and distributed thousands of copies of the Truth About Drugs series of drug education booklets. Moscow Scientologists also distributed copies of drug education booklets and fliers in street events on June 26, the same day that St. Petersburg Scientologists participated in a local anti-drug bicycle race.

Danish Scientologists ran in an anti-drug marathon and distributed drug education booklets in Gammeltorv (Old Market), the oldest square in Copenhagen.

French Scientologists, cycling from Paris to Brussels, were met by Belgian Scientologists at the border. Together, they rode on to Brussels, meeting with mayors and aldermen along the way to provide them factual data on the importance of drug education in reducing abuse. Meanwhile, the Dutch “Say No to Drugs” marathon team took off from Amsterdam and, arriving in Brussels, joined the cyclists in an anti-drug bicycle tour through the center of the city, ending on the UN Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the headquarters of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions which hosted their anti-drug conference.

On June 12, Czech Scientologists began two weeks of running and cycling through the country for the 10th annual anti-drug “Cyclorun.” They educated youth on the truth about drugs in every town and city on their route.

Scientologists in Milan, Italy, held a “Say No to Drugs” soccer championship, and Scientologists from Padua carried out a bicycle tour through Cadoneghe, Noventa Padovana, Arquà Petrarca, Abano Terme, Montegrotto Terme and Battaglia Terme.

In New York, the Church of Scientology hosted the fifth annual Drug-Free Heroes Awards Ceremony.

In preparation for June 26, at a conference in Tennessee, Scientologists made drug education materials available to judges, court administrators, law enforcement officers, social workers, and treatment providers who deal with the backwash of drug abuse in state adult felony drug courts, DUI courts and juvenile drug courts.

As part of the International Faith-Based Coalition, the Church of Scientology of Sacramento helped bring the drug-free message to Oak Park, California, a community notorious for drug trafficking. At their press conference, religious leaders declared June 26 an “Oak Park drug-free day.”

In researching the destructive effects of drugs, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”

Scientologists live drug-free lives and work throughout the year to prevent drug abuse and addiction. Since last year’s UN Day against Drugs and Illicit Trafficking, Scientologists have distributed some 3.4 million copies of drug education booklets and organized, sponsored and participated in more than 3,000 drug prevention activities in their communities.

To learn more about the drug prevention initiative sponsored by the Church of Scientology or to participate, visit the Scientology website .

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The Church of Scientology sponsors the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaign. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately.

May 13, 2010

Obama ‘Policy Shift’ on Drug Education a Sensible Change

Filed under: Church of Scientology,David Miscavige,Scientology — Louanne @ 7:49 pm
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Church of Scientology spokesman Bob Adams is an educator, former NFL tight end (1969-1977) and a community relations specialist. Here is his view of President Obama’s announcement yesterday:

The Church of Scientology has been a strong community drug education activist for decades mainly because research by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1960s showed that drugs abuse not only has a social and personal health liability, it also hinders spiritual enlightenment.   But even before that information came into my frame of reference, I had witnessed in my own years as an NFL tight end in the 1970s with the Steelers and Patriots many men of fantastic potential ruin their careers and personal relationships and die through drug abuse.

President Obama’s new revised approach to bring on more drug education is significant and sensible, because a wider look at the havoc that results from ignorance of what drugs are and do, is a real eye opener.  A new drug education documentary from the Foundation for a Drug-Free World which is available on the Internet and is based on interviews of over 200 former addicts, tells the real tale.  In addition to proving the obvious—no one decides to become addicted to drugs—what is more meaningful is that one for one they had no clue where that joint, pill or drink would take them.

Statistics-wise, according to a March 2010 National Drug Intelligence Center report, the economic cost of drug abuse and trafficking is $215 billion annually, which omits the cost of drug-related crime.  Abuse of prescription drugs has exploded (treatment admissions from 1997-2007 for prescription painkillers increased by more than 400 percent) and abuse of illicit drugs is commonplace.

As Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske remarked yesterday, the Obama Administration’s new emphasis on drug education and treatment “changes the whole discussion about ending the war on drugs and recognizes that we have a responsibility to reduce our own drug use in the country.”

For more information on the Church’s anti-drug initiative, visit the Scientology website.  Rev. Adams can be contacted him at (323) 960-3500 or on email at BobAdams@Scientology.net.

May 7, 2010

Scientology Official Calls for Government-Community Cooperation to Attack Drug Abuse

A Scientology community relations specialist, citing a recent address by the U.S. Drug Control Policy Director, says government and private sector cooperation against drug trafficking and drug abuse is essential and warns that profit-making interests will attempt to impede both.

…by involving everyone and bringing on all solutions, starting with education. No single group or government can do it alone, but together we can rid our communities of drugs in a single generation.

Los Angeles (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 6, 2010 — Speaking to a coalition of anti-drug activists Tuesday night at the new Church of Scientology of Los Angeles in Hollywood, the Reverend Robert Adams pointed to establishment of the Interagency Working Group on Demand Reduction established by the White House Office of Drug Control Policy (the “Drug Czar”) as a positive step, and called for similar interaction at regional, state and local level.

Reverend Bob Adams (left) discusses drug education strategies with community leaders.
Reverend Bob Adams (left) discusses drug education strategies with community leaders.

A spokesperson for Church of Scientology International, Rev. Adams said that despite billions poured into “the drug problem” by governments, meaningful demand reduction will only come about “by involving everyone and bringing on all solutions, starting with education. No single group or government can do it alone, but together we can rid our communities of drugs in a single generation.”

He reminded the audience that “Drug proliferation is all about money and exploiting people who have false information or no information about drugs. So the first step is to broadly distribute the truth about drugs, to empower individuals with the knowledge of what drugs really are and what they really do to the body, mind and spirit.”

Adams said, “It is exactly at that point that ‘demand reduction’ kicks in — when individuals decide for themselves that drug use is not for them.”

The Church of Scientology has conducted community-based drug education programs for more than 20 years, reaching millions with factual information about drugs internationally through distribution of “The Truth About Drugs” booklet series, drug awareness events, media, Internet sites, mailings, billboards and award winning educational videos and films.

November 18, 2009

Scientology Volunteers Attack Drug Abuse in Sydney

Scientology youth attack drug abuse at 26th annual Glebe Street Fair.

Members of the Church of Scientology of Sydney, Australia, who belong to the Drug-Free Ambassadors were out in force Sunday, November 15, distributing thousands of fliers at the 26th annual Glebe Street Fair. Their purpose: to inform kids about drug abuse and the truth about drugs so they make informed decisions to stay drug free.

Concerned about a new drug called Mephedrone, or “MM-Cat,” that Sydney students and club goers buy over the Internet, the Drug-Free Ambassadors spent the day talking to kids and teens, swearing them in as Drug-Free Ambassadors. New Drug-Free Ambassadors take a pledge to be drug free and to help their family and friends do the same.

“The drug-free message is really important to get out in times like these,” said Drug-Free Ambassadors spokesperson Cyrus Brooks.  “People are bombarded with bad news in the media and they look for escape, especially young people. Unfortunately there is a lot of false propaganda around that drugs and alcohol provide that escape. We need to attack these lies as it’s just not true.”

Brooks and his Drug-Free Ambassador team inform youth of the short-term effects of drugs such as Mephedrone and Ecstasy, which include paranoia and depression, and that users risk even more serious long-term effects such as kidney failure and cardiovascular collapse.

Cocaine, another popular “party drug,” has similar effects but can also cause tactile hallucination, with some kids talking about having the sensation of bugs burrowing into their skin.  This drug can also cause reproductive damage and infertility. “Drugs like these ruin lives,” says Brooks. “The best solution is to not get caught in the drug trap in the first place.”

At the Glebe Street Fair the Drug-Free Ambassadors distributed a brochure explaining what drugs are, how they destroy creativity and why drugs don’t actually bring happiness, but quite the opposite. Dixon Restaurant in Chinatown and the Church of Scientology of Australia funded the printing of the brochure, which is being translated into Chinese and Korean to get the word out to Sydney’s Asian population too.

Drug-Free Ambassadors, founded by the Church of Scientology in 1993, helps communities all over Australia fight the scourge of drugs.  For more information on the Drug-Free Ambassadors of Sydney visit their web site at www.drugfreeambassadors.com.au.

October 24, 2009

Scientology members in Society

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Since the founding of the first Church of Scientology in 1954, Scientologists have been actively involved in the improvement of their communities and society.

The Scientology Church has received thousands of awards and commendations for its work in communities all over the world. Many of these awards have come from city and county authorities; others from individuals and groups who appreciated a helping hand. Awards are always valued, but they are incidental to the intention and the deed they symbolize. Scientologists help because as they grow spiritually as individuals, it is natural to expand their responsibility and turn outward to help others.

Church members are active in anti-drug educational campaigns in countries throughout the world and have given drug abuse education lectures to more than 500,000 people. Scientologists in Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Italy and the United Kingdom also lead success popular “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaigns.

Top athletes, including Philips, Italy’s most famous volleyball team, and the legendary Spanish football team Real Madrid, have given their support to this campaign by signing the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” Honor Roll. Scientologists in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have organized concerts, marches and other events to promote the Church’s anti-drug message and have reached hundreds of thousands.

July 13, 2009

Church of Scientology Sponsored Group in Markham, Canada Fights Drugs

A Scientology-sponsored drug education group called the Drug-Free Marshals rallied community and civic leaders to take a stand against drug abuse and addiction.

A Scientology-sponsored youth group rallied local community and civic leaders to back drug education and prevention in commemoration of last week’s United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The campaign message this year, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was “Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs.” The slogan conveys the concept that drugs concern everyone as their use harms individuals, families and society at large.

The Drug-Free Marshals is an international grass-roots drug education and prevention program.  The Church of Scientology of Toronto sponsors a chapter, membership of which is open to all children who want to be drug-free.

To get across the UN’s anti-drug message, the youngsters worked with local officials who are committed to handling the drug problem in their area.

They contacted the Markham Town Council, which unanimously proclaimed June 26th as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the Town of Markham. The Mayor presented the Drug-Free Marshals with the proclamation at the Taste of Asia Festival, where Drug-Free Marshal, Sophie Pateropoulos, led all those attending in a pledge to be drug-free.

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Save the child and you save the nation,” and the Church of Scientology of Toronto, committed to saving kids from the tragedy of drug abuse and addiction, has been active in drug education and prevention for more than 2 decades.

For more information on what the Church of Scientology is doing to counter drug-abuse and promote drug-free living visit the web site of the Church of Scientology of Toronto or the Scientology video channel.

October 1, 2008

Scientology Churches Back Police Initiative with Drug-Education Activities

Filed under: Church of Scientology,Scientology — Louanne @ 2:28 am
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Members of the Church of Scientology of Sydney came out in force at Hunter’s Hill’s Moocooboola Festival last Sunday to support Missing Persons Week—a public information campaign of the Australia Federal Police (AFP) to counter this social problem that tears families apart and often ends in tragedy. Out of an estimated 35,000 people who are reported missing each year in Australia, approximately 20,000 are under the age of 18.

“There are various issues associated with young people going missing,” states the AFP web site, which goes on to explain that drug and alcohol abuse is one of the main contributing factors.

Scientologists, who support this campaign, took heed of this year’s AFP motto: “When communication goes missing, so does our youth. Don’t close the door to communication.”

“This motto really tells it like it is,” said Cyrus Brooks, youth coordinator of the Drug-Free Ambassadors of Australia, a secular, non-profit organization that reaches kids with the truth about drugs before they experiment or start to abuse. “And this motto is certainly true when it comes to drug abuse. Talking to your kids and giving them the truth about drugs reduces the likelihood that they will become users.”

The Drug-Free Ambassadors Sydney chapter handed out copies of drug education booklets about the 10 most commonly abused drugs, and signed up over 200 people to be Drug-Free Ambassadors at the Moocooboola Festival.

Like their sister group, the Drug-Free Marshals in the United States, the Drug-Free Ambassadors was founded in 1993 and has been active in drug education for the past 15 years.

June 24, 2008

Church of Scientology co-sponsors drug-prevention conference

Filed under: drug-free,L. Ron Hubbard,Scientology — Louanne @ 7:37 pm
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A conference held in Los Angeles empowered 80 drug-free youth as Drug-Free Mentors. Coming from around California, Washington State, Missouri, New Mexico, Virginia and Florida, the 14 to 25 year olds were nominated locally as persons of good character who want to help others be drug-free.

The youths spent a full day learning about the effects of drugs, how to deal with drug-related social problems they encounter and participated in a lively panel discussion with three veteran law enforcement officers. The Foundation for a Drug Free World provided plenty of drug education booklets and posters for immediate use to everyone and Foundation Ambassador and TV actor, Jason Dohring, led the group in taking the Mentor Pledge. The 26-year old actor said that drug education helped him decide at an early age to stay away from drugs and also positively influence his friends. “Today education about drugs is something everybody needs,” he said.

A 17-year veteran Los Angeles Juvenile Narcotics Detective who was part of the discussion panel helped answer questions on everything from law enforcement duties, to the dangers of drugs and how they change body chemistry. As to why kids get involved in drugs in the first place, he said the reasons vary but that youth who have developed self confidence are able to stand up to peer pressure and make proper decisions. “That’s really important,” he said.

Conference organizer and Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life Coordinator for the Church of Scientology International, Wendy Beccaccini said safer communities is the objective of the Mentors conference. “Drugs are a serious community problem youth see and deal with daily,” said Beccaccini. “Our youth need help and nothing talks like experience and mutual respect. They all learned a lot about issues that matter to them and you can bet they’re telling their friends all about it.”

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