How Can the Truth About Drugs Help End the Drug Overdose Epidemic?
Scientology Churches provide tools anyone can use to help end the overdose crisis. Together, we can make a difference.
According to a study published in 2018, illicit drug use was responsible for over 750,000 deaths per year. In the U.S. alone, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that more than 105,000 lives were lost due to overdose in 2021. On August 26, U.S. President Joe Biden declared August 28 through September 3 to be Overdose Awareness Week, saying “Beating the opioid overdose epidemic is an urgent priority.”
What can we do?
There are five simple things anyone can do to take effective action against overdose deaths.
Parents, educators, community leaders and any concerned individual can save lives by taking these simple steps:
- Understand how drugs work and what they do by reading the Truth About Drugs booklets available through the website of Foundation for a Drug-Free World.
- Enroll on free online drug education courses on the Foundation’s website. See how easy it is to learn the truth about drugs. Educate yourself and use this information to feel confident about speaking to others on this vital subject.
- Make the decision to use what you’ve learned to help your family, friends and community as a drug prevention volunteer. And order your drug prevention materials. They will be shipped to you free of charge.
- Contact your nearest Church of Scientology or Foundation for a Drug-Free World to arrange any training you need as a drug education presenter. And START.
“For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs.”—United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities can ensure that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age. For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs.”
Using the resources from Foundation for a Drug-Free World, volunteers in countries across the globe are reaching their communities with this vital information. Many of them are featured on the Scientology Network in the original series Voices for Humanity. Among them:
- On the streets of Los Angeles, former addict David Sanchez uses Foundation for a Drug-Free World materials to give kids the street smarts they need to make the right choice about living drug‑free. “I knew that I had to find a way to educate people,” he says. “Knowing about something that could hurt you is half the battle of being able to defeat it.”
- In Malaysia, Khai Aziz, lead singer of the hard-core straight-edge punk band Second Combat, uses his music to spread the message to youth that there’s nothing cool about using drugs. Straight edge is hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using drugs. And with drug dealers targeting younger and younger children, Aziz is fighting back, using the Foundation’s Truth About Drugs initiative to reach kids in school.
- Lithuanian-born Ingrida Lingyte’s life was changed forever when her mother was killed and her sister paralyzed in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Years later, on a visit to Colombia, she fell in love with the country and made it her home. To combat Colombia’s drug culture and the suffering it causes, Lingyte and her team have reached one-fifth of the country’s population with the Truth About Drugs. And they’re still going strong.
Noting the role substance abuse plays in the disintegration of the social fabric, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.”
Thousands of people are using these tools in their communities to make a difference. Join them.
Voices for Humanity is a Scientology Network original series of short documentaries introducing changemakers from all faiths, cultures and nations as they extend help to their communities through Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs.
Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church’s global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.
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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