Marching to End Drug Abuse in Russia

Russian Scientologists are committed to reversing the country’s drug epidemic.

Scientologists from St. Petersburg bring the truth about drugs to their city to reverse their city’s deadly addiction crisis.

According to a 2014 study in The Lancet UK medical journal, vodka is responsible for the high rate of premature deaths of Russian adults: “By west European standards, Russian adults, particularly men, have a very high risk of premature death, which has fluctuated sharply in recent decades. At 2005 mortality rates, for example, only 7% of UK men but 37% of Russian men would die before the age of 55 years. Strong alcoholic drink, mainly vodka, is a major cause of the high risk of premature death in Russian adults.”

The country is also plagued with heroin addiction. A 2013 government report estimated 8.5 million people, almost 6 percent of the population, are addicted to drugs. Some 90 percent of these addicts abuse heroin at least part of the time.

Active in drug education and prevention throughout the year, the team promoted drug-free living in the city’s annual May Day parade. They provide drug education lectures and organize events to bring the truth about drugs to the youth of their city before they become involved in substance abuse.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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