Scientology And Me

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.

December 10, 2008

French Scientology Members on a campaign against drugs

Members of Scientology churches and missions in France are serious about bringing an end to substance abuse in their country.

Members of Scientology churches and missions in France are serious about bringing an end to substance abuse in their country.

Spurred on by a recent report of a three percent drop in cannabis use among young adults in France, a group of Scientologists in Paris and Marseilles spent their weekend encouraging young people to say no to drugs.

Parisian Scientologists cycled through their city to put an end to drug abuse.

In Paris, a team of 24 volunteers started their bicycle campaign at the famous Bastille. Then it was on to Rue de Rivoli, Châtelet-Les-Halles and the Hôtel de Ville. But popular tourist centers were far from their only target. They cycled through Paris neighborhoods notorious for cannabis dealing and consumption. Along the way, they stopped and talked to young people, and passed out over 3,000 copies of the booklet called The Truth about Drugs.

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Paris and the Church of Scientology Mission of Marseilles pass out thousands of drug education booklets to help people learn the truth about drugs.

Marseilles gained international notoriety in the 1960’s and 70s as the “French Connection”—the bulk of heroin that hit US streets during that era was smuggled through the city. Members of the Church of Scientology Mission of Marseilles are dedicated to making their city drug free. So the same weekend that Paris Scientologists held their anti-drug bicycle tour, Marseilles Scientologists cycled through the old harbor and shopping streets of Marseilles, getting The Truth about Drugs booklets into the hands of people all along their route.

Scientology churches sponsor the largest non-governmental anti-drug information and prevention campaign on Earth. The Church of Scientology offers its publications (which neither contain nor advocate Scientology beliefs) to like-minded anti-drug coalitions, government institutions, civic groups and schools. Anyone wishing to use these educational materials, including 16 public service films on the devastating effects of the most commonly abused drugs, can order them free of charge from the web site of the Foundation for a Drug Free World.

September 28, 2008

Scientology member fights against drugs

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The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a secular, non-profit organization that empowers youth and adults with the facts about drugs so they can make an informed decision to say no to drugs. Scientology Today interviewed Ms. Fialkoff about how she became involved in this activity.

Scientology Today: Ms. Fialkoff, you volunteer as the coordinator of the New York Foundation for a Drug-Free World to help kids avoid drug abuse and addiction. That seems like a lot of work. Why did you take this on?

There are many areas of society that need to be changed and improved. There are problems and people are unhappy with conditions but they often just complain and don’t do something positive to change the things that are bothering them. I decided to start changing things where I live — in New York City.

Since discovering Scientology, I realized that there is a human spirit and I realized how wonderful, important, and powerful people are. That’s when I really knew how damaging drugs are. I wanted to teach kids the truth about drugs so they can avoid the consequences of using them.

Scientology Today: Why did you decide to take on being coordinator for the Foundation for a Drug Free World in New York?

When you know there are things going on in the world which are heading in a bad direction, and you know you have the exact tools to handle those situations, help people, and save lives, if you then don’t do anything about it you are the one who has to live with that.

Scientology Today: Do you have any advice for kids who are trying to make their minds up about drugs?

Yes. If you are considering taking drugs, this is my advice: you are you, you have a personality, you have a future, and you are a very important person. When you do drugs, you are dimming yourself, your goals, your spirit. You are making yourself less intelligent, less able, less alert, less able to function in life. Instead, find out what you enjoy and do more of it. Find what makes you feel good about yourself, what makes you have energy, and just do more of that. If you find yourself surrounded by many people who are on drugs, get involved in some activity that keeps you out of that group. Try exercise, a sports team, getting involved in an internship, working on your career, or even just going out to eat, to the movies, or dancing. None of these things have to involve drugs and do not involve destroying yourself as a person. Drugs do.

Scientology Today: Anything else you would like to share?

The Drug-Free Marshals is part of the Foundation’s drug prevention program for younger children. And it is so effective. Kids love it. When they really decide to be drug free and take the Drug-Free Marshals pledge and get a Marshal’s badge, they have made a decision that is going to affect every aspect of their lives. It is very easy to run a Drug-Free Marshals group. I would like to see it become a fad to open a chapter of the Drug-Free Marshals in every neighborhood on Earth. I am willing to anything I can to help people get chapters started and going. Anyone can email me and I’ll be happy to help.

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