For Immediate Release

Scientology Steps up Fight Against Drugs and Crime in Los Angeles

Released November 13, “Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World,” details how Los Angeles County law enforcement uses the Church of Scientology’s Truth About Drugs program to fight addiction scourge.

Through Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies, more than 2,000 at-risk youth have completed Truth About Drugs education.

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Featured in the newly released brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, cooperation between law enforcement, community activists and religious groups throughout the city has served as a model for communities everywhere in fighting drug addiction and crime.

In the face of the undeniable cause-and-effect relationship between drug abuse and crime rates, Scientologists brought the Truth About Drugs program to the two leading Los Angeles law enforcement agencies that battle crime and drug abuse: the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the world’s largest sheriff’s department.

The LAPD distributes thousands of copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets at its stations across the city and holds drug prevention community activities such as “National Night Out,” an annual initiative that fosters crime prevention activities to create safer neighborhoods through community partnerships.

A police station commander in Los Angeles described the value of the Truth About Drugs program in his precinct: “The educational pamphlets and videos have been invaluable in educating the community on the negative repercussions that illegal drugs have on society.”

A sergeant who uses the materials daily in his work said: “Everything in the Truth About Drugs curriculum is pure gold. There is no message about drug abuse that is more penetrating than what this program provides—we can’t top it.”

In 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff directed members of his Multi-Faith Clergy Council to undergo training on the Truth About Drugs education curriculum, encouraging them to bring the program to their neighborhoods. Nearly 200 clergy representing a broad range of faiths, including Jews, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, participated in the four-week course.

The Sheriff described the results of his department’s implementation of the program: “The Truth About Drugs education program that the Church of Scientology supports means everything to the safety of our schools and neighborhoods. It is a tremendously successful program worldwide and particularly needed. This is why we have trained a corps of our own officers in the use of this unparalleled program.”

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The Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—the Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, to meet requests for more information about the drug education and prevention initiative it supports. To read a copy of the brochureor to learn more about the Church of Scientology drug education program, visit the Scientology website.

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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.”

The Church of Scientology supports Truth About Drugs, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. 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.

 

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