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Church of Scientology Community Forum: ‘Drug Prevention Can Save Lives’

Last year’s 30 percent spike in drug overdose deaths proves the community must come together to raise awareness of the danger of drugs.

A drug prevention open house at the Church of Scientology Sacramento brought together community leaders to coordinate efforts in addressing the drug problem. 

Speakers included the president of the Sacramento-based International Faith-Based Coalition; a 29-year law enforcement veteran; and the director of public affairs of the Church of Scientology Sacramento.

Issues addressed included:

  • The alarming increase in drug overdose deaths nationally, rising from 70,630 in 2019 to 93,000 in 2020
  • The spike in local overdose incidents, with Sacramento County Fire Agencies preventing drug overdose deaths by administering Naloxone in response to 1,150 calls in 2020—an average of more than three overdose calls a day
  • The disproportionate effect of drugs on underserved communities, showing that in addition to drug education, we must address and rectify socioeconomic factors that promote drug abuse and addiction.

Although participants proposed a multifaceted approach to drugs abuse and addiction, each recognized and emphasized the importance of education and prevention to bring this other deadly “pandemic” under control. 

Church of Scientology Sacramento public affairs director Mike Klagenberg offered the Truth About Drugs campaign of Foundation for a Drug-Free World as a way to tackle this problem. The campaign consists of:

  • 14 youth-friendly booklets presenting facts on the most commonly abused drugs
  • Public service announcements
  • Feature-length Truth About DrugsReal People, Real Stories documentary.

These resources are available on the website of Foundation for a Drug-Free World and all audiovisual components can also be accessed through the Scientology Network. Voices for Humanity is a Scientology Network original series that spotlights the work of drug-prevention activists using the Truth About Drugs campaign around the world, from the Philippines to India, Malaysia, the Czech Republic, Kenya, Colombia, and cities across America. 

To make the Truth About Drugs materials available to anyone wishing to tackle the drug crisis, the Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out Truth About Drugs booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits.

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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