Scientology Members Fight
Drug Abuse with Facts
Churches and Missions of Scientology and their members are winding up "Drug Information Month" around the world in April, an all-out international effort to reduce drug use and abuse in their communities.
The Truth About Drugs booklets that provide simple and direct facts about marijuana, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, heroine, crystal meth, crack, painkillers, LSD, Ecstasy, and Ritalin (known as "kiddie cocaine"), and show how these can destroy a person's health, creativity, family and relationships. The aim is education, to deliver the facts about drugs so young people can make their own decision to stay away from drugs.
Scientologists distributed over 3,000 booklets in Hamburg, Germany, and thousands more in Berlin and Dusseldorf. Volunteers in Cagliari, Italy, helped several hundred people learn the truth about drugs, many of whom asked for more booklets to pass on to their friends.
Teams in France passed out more than 10,000 booklets in Marseilles, Angers, Clermont, Bordeaux, Nice and Lyon. In Paris, volunteers went into the most drug-heavy neighborhoods in the city to give booklets to at-risk teenagers and youth, while local police quietly stood by to guard against retaliation from drug dealers.
"Our booklets were in such high demand," said one of the volunteers, "we had teachers coming up to us asking for copies for their students, medical doctors wanted them for their waiting rooms and a professor liked them so much he grabbed some booklets and joined us."
In Amsterdam, where the sale of so-called "soft drugs" is legal and "coffee shop" is a code name for a hash bar, volunteers passed out over 500 drug education booklets. In Auckland, New Zealand, volunteers handed out 1,200 copies at a marketplace.
"So many lives are ruined by drugs," says a spokesman in Los Angeles. "It's not just the famous artists we hear about in the media, it's the friend or family member or co-worker whose life touches ours and diminishes us all. Our education campaign is aimed at reaching youth before they take drugs in the first place."
Scientologists and Scientology Churches, Missions and groups partner with individuals and organizations throughout the world in a wide variety of educational activities to reduce drug use and abuse. For more information visit the Scientology video channel at www.scientology.org or www.youtube.com/ChurchofScientology.