January 13, 2006

Community Groups Challenged to Unite in the 2006 Fight Against Drugs

The President of the Church of Scientology International, Rev Heber C. Jentzsch, is challenging community groups to unite in a massive campaign to educate people around the world on the real facts about drugs, in the face of statistics from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes World Drug Report, showing an estimated 200 million people, or 5% of the worlds population age 15-64, consume illegal drugs.

Churches of Scientology internationally have printed and distributed more than eight million copies of booklets on the subjects of marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin. Supplementing this massive information program have been 224,220 drug awareness billboards and posters, over 45 million fliers, 89,000 public awareness events and more than 10,200 newspaper and television stories promoting a drug-free message - all financed by the Church of Scientology and its members.

Pointing to the Church’s experience for nearly two decades in community drug education, Rev. Jentzsch said that many youth and young adults are misinformed about drugs but that equipping them with the facts can reduce drug misuse. Scien-tologists offer use of their drug education booklets to other groups and organizations.

“Many people have stopped taking drugs or decided never to start as a direct result of reading our booklets or attending one of our public awareness events but we need to reach everyone,” said Rev. Jentzsch. “If community groups join forces the impact would be enormous,” he added.

In San Diego, the local Church has participated in various community festivals, parades, and anti-drug rallies. Through the Church’s Drug-Free Marshals program local kids have taken the pledge to remain drug-free and have used the anti-drug booklets to help their family and friends do the same. “This is an invaluable program acknowledging youth for being drug-free and putting in their hands the tools to educate themselves on the dangers of drugs. In the words of Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, ‘Save the child, and you save the nation,’ that’s absolutely true,” said Veronica Albano, Drug-Free Marshals coordinator for the Church of Scientology of San Diego.

Over the past year, the Church estimates that close to 50,000,000 people have been reached with its anti-drug message, with one hundred thousand children and teenagers sworn-in as Drug-Free Marshals and more than 525,000 anti-drug booklets and 5,600,000 fliers against drugs distributed internationally. For more information visit www.scientology.org or call 619-239-2091 to order copies of the Anti-Drug booklets.

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