Can We Reverse Record Overdose Deaths? Foundation for Drug-Free World Says 'Yes' and the Key Is Prevention

Foundation for a Drug-Free World brings the Truth About Drugs Initiative to the Rx and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta

This year’s Rx and Illicit Drug Summit highlighted a grim fact of life: “Overdoses and deaths involving synthetic opioids have reached record rates, and every community across our nation is feeling the impact.”  According to the CDC, more than half of opioid overdose deaths in 10 states studied tested positive for fentanyl. It’s time to slam the pedal down on prevention, says  Foundation for a Drug-Free World. 

Drug-Free World made its acclaimed educator’s package, made available free of charge to those attending the conference.

“It’s time to realize prevention is the only viable solution to the overdose crises,” says Drug-Free World Executive Director Jessica Hochman. “Fentanyl has changed the dynamic of drug abuse. The CDC reports that more than half of opioid overdose deaths in 10 states studied tested positive for fentanyl.” A 2022 New York Times exposé pointed out “an alarming” portion of overdose deaths among youth came from “counterfeit pills tainted with fentanyl that teenagers and young adults bought over social media.” 

“The solution is to educate youth, so they don’t start taking drugs in the first place,” says Hochman. “Empower them with confidence that they are doing the right thing in not taking drugs, period.”

With more than 4,000 attending the 4-day Rx and Illicit Drug Summit for 2024 in Atlanta, Drug-Free World reached out with a booth to provide their drug education materials and curriculum free of charge to anyone wishing to take effective action.

Based on Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s research finding “the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs,” Scientology Churches and Scientologists support Foundation for a Drug-Free World whose materials are provided free of charge to schools, civic groups, governments, law enforcement, and individuals and institutions in the private sector.

Watch the Drug-Free World public service announcements and The Truth About Drugs—Real People, Real Stories documentary on the Scientology Network, and episodes of Voices for Humanity to see the program in action. The Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320, DIRECTV STREAM, AT&T U-verse and streams at, on mobile apps, and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

For more information or to get involved, visit the Scientology website, the Drug-Free World website, or contact the nearest Church of Scientology.


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