CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY PASADENA HOSTS FORUM TO TACKLE TEEN DRUG ABUSE

June 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm (Church of Scientology, drug, drug-free, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology) (, )

Pasadena leaders at the Truth About Drugs Prevention Forum at the Church of Scientology of Pasadena April 20 joined forces in fight against drug epidemic.

pasa-photoMore than 80 civic, community and religious leaders representing over a dozen groups and associations attended a Truth About Drugs Prevention Forum April 20 at the Church of Scientology of Pasadena. The purpose: to tackle rising teen drug abuse in the Pasadena area.

Speakers included Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca; Sergeant Mark Cripe and Jesse Mendoza of the Sheriff’s VIDA program for at-risk youth; Gary Moody, President of Pasadena NAACP; Tarik Ross of the Amer-I-Can program; Jessica Ruiz and Porfirio Frausto of the Flintridge Foundation; Dr. Nicholas Benson, Vice President of the Ecumenical Council Pasadena Area Congregations; and Bob Adams of the Church of Scientology International.

Teen drug abuse in Pasadena—Cause for alarm

According to the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey for the Pasadena Unified School District, 19 percent of 7th graders and 33 percent of 11th graders surveyed are “current AOD (alcohol and other drugs) users”—they have used alcohol or illicit drugs in the past 30 days.

Concerted effort needed

“Our community’s greatest wealth is our ability and willingness to truly help one another,” said Eden Stein, President of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena. “Working together, we can save the lives and futures of our youth.”

Results from Truth About Drugs

The Truth About Drugs is a drug education and prevention program supported by the Church of Scientology. Because of the effectiveness of its educational materials, many Los Angeles County groups and organizations have adopted the program, several of whom shared their experience with forum attendees.

Sergeant Mark Cripe, county-wide director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department VIDA program (Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives), spoke of the results he and his deputies have achieved using the Truth About Drugs curriculum with at-risk youth and youth who have turned to drugs and crime. He said he uses the Truth About Drugs program because it is “the best.”

Jesse Mendoza, Director of Victory Outreach Youth Activities for South Los Angeles, told attendees why he uses the Truth About Drugs in his work. He particularly values the public service announcements and feature-length documentary, The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Nicholas Benson has graduated 5,000 inmates from the halfway house he runs. He learned of the Truth About Drugs program and put it to use in weekly drug education classes. Drug and alcohol problems were significant factors in what went wrong in the lives of most of his residents and the curriculum helps them examine their own circumstances and make important decisions for the future.

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The Church of Scientology has published a 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 learn more or read a copy of the brochure, 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 the 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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Drug-Free Marshals of Los Angeles Promote Red Ribbon Anti-Drug Week

October 22, 2009 at 5:13 am (anti-drug, drug-free marshals, Scientology, scientology.org) (, , , )

The Drug-Free Marshals chapter sponsored by the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles swore in hundreds of youth to live drug-free lives at a ceremony Saturday in honor of the 21st anniversary of Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week honors the life of DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena whose death in 1985 was a wakeup call to the dangers of drugs and the drug trade.  Camarena, an 11-year DEA agent working undercover in Mexico, was on the way to breaking up a multibillion-dollar drug pipeline when he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers.

In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week, with President and Mrs. Reagan its honorary chairpersons.  Community groups, schools and churches hold yearly events to commemorate Camarena’s work and rally support for drug education and prevention.

The Drug-Free Marshals takes its name from the U.S. marshals, a force for good popularized in novels and movies about the American West. The program was founded by the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles in 1993. Since then the program has helped more than 3 million youth worldwide pledge to be drug-free.

The Los Angeles Drug-Free Marshals and their parents “armed” themselves with booklets published by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World that provide information on the most commonly used drugs, such as marijuana, alcohol, heroin, crystal meth, prescription drugs, inhalants and painkillers.

“We need to educate our children about drug and alcohol abuse. Our children are constantly exposed to drugs at school, on television, and in movies, so if we don’t tell them the truth, you can be sure that the drug-dealers will tell them lies. By early intervention we can prevent drug abuse, which also leads to violence,” said Edie Reuveni, President of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. “Studies show a direct link between youth involvement in drugs and gang violence. Humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard said, ‘When children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited its future.’ Unless we educate our children and take responsibility for them, we all lose.”

For more information about the drug education and prevention programs sponsored by the Church of Scientology visit www.scientology.org.

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Scientology Church Helps 100 Tokyo Youth Learn the Truth About Drugs

July 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm (anti-drug, Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Scientology Religion, Scientology video, scientology.org) (, , , )

The Church of Scientology of Tokyo promotes drug-free living

The Church of Scientology of Tokyo held a presentation for Tokyo youth on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction.  On a sunny afternoon in Arakawa, Tokyo, the Church helped 100 students learned the truth about drugs.

“The problem of drugs is no longer ’somebody else’s’ problem,” said the Public Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology of Tokyo.  “Everyone knows someone with a drug issue.”

Japan has long held a hard line on drug abuse.  But over the past ten years international drug trends have impinged to a greater and greater extent and their influence on Japanese youth has not been positive.  As pointed out by an editorial in the Japan Times, “Until recently, Japan has not needed much of a drug policy, but recent headlines about ‘university pot busts’ indicate one is overdue.” The editorial goes on to say, “there will be no way to restrict Japanese students from reading about marijuana on the Internet and becoming curious. Many students encounter marijuana when traveling or studying abroad. Still, the use of marijuana inside a country with strict intolerance to drug use is a sign of incredibly bad judgment, at best, and remains a crime with real consequences.”

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “drug use prevention programs are effective when they respond to the needs of a community, involve all the relevant sectors and are based on evidence.”  UNODC further points out that “such programs are also cost effective. It has been shown that, for every dollar spent, good programs for the prevention of drug use among youth can save up to 9 dollars! If other costs to society were to be counted, such as the costs resulting from crime, unemployment and ill-health, the cost effectiveness of good drug use prevention programs is likely to be even greater.”

Churches of Scientology around the world, committed to helping youth live drug-free lives, work with students to provide them with facts about the harmful effect of drugs using the Truth about Drugs series of drug education booklets and other educational materials

For more information on the drug education and prevention activities of the Church of Scientology visit the Scientology web site.

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