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Introduction
What can be done about the scourge of drugs?
Effective prevention programmes
Effective prevention through education
Effective drug rehabilitation
Breakthrough in the field of drug rehabilitation
The way to a drug-free life
Discover the Facts About the Scientology Religion and Its Activities
Scientology Saving lives from drugs
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Drug Prevention Activities: As a group, Scientologists are 100% drug-free and work tirelessly to help others discover the hope and promise of a drug-free life. So, from Germany to Denmark, France to Ireland, one finds Scientologists from all walks of life vigorously supporting drug education and prevention programmes aimed at keeping young people from ever starting to take drugs.

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France
In Italy, Scientologists campaign to encourage others to support the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaign. Volunteers pass out drug prevention booklets and, in cities all over Italy, conduct large-scale syringe pick-ups in public parks where infected needles discarded by addicts pose a deadly health hazard to children and adults.
  • In France, the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaign has become the Church’s largest in the world. The need has never been greater, with one of every three French teenagers having smoked cannabis at least once, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and with youth exposed to drugs with little to no effective drug education material available.

    In response, Church volunteers organise 40 to 50 public events each week promoting the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” message: in Paris, Lyon, St. Etienne, Clermont, Angers, Marseilles, Nice, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Avignon. Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, the volunteers have distributed nearly one million drug education booklets and 20 million fliers. Magazines carry “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” advertisements, while local radio stations promote the campaign with public service announcements and guest interviews on the dangers of cannabis. As a result, in 2003 alone, the “Say No to Drugs” Association received 150,000 requests for more information.

    The drug education booklets are also distributed by youth groups, church organisations, police stations and youth information centres throughout the country. The campaign is actively supported by over 100 night clubs and 5,000 businesses that display anti-drug posters.

    Dublin
    Neighbourhood police officers in Marseilles have commented that the regular distribution of the Church’s drug prevention booklets has contributed to a reduced crime rate in depressed areas of the city with heavy drug use.

    Distribution of the Church’s drug prevention booklets has also increased awareness of the drug problem, and solutions to it, within Parliament; legislators have begun to challenge the effectiveness of France’s “harm reduction” drug strategies and are now looking for alternate methods of effective drug prevention.

    London
    Scientologists in the United Kingdom have donated many hours of community action to help curb the drug problem, holding community and sporting events and concerts that present the message “Say No to Drugs” and invite young people and adults to sign a pledge promising to stay drug-free. Police officers from Scotland Yard and other law enforcement entities also help promote this anti-drug message.

  • In Italy, Scientologists also donate their time and energies — annually more than 500,000 hours of volunteer community action — to curb the drug problem. Forty to 70 community events are held each week, including sports events and concerts that promote the message “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life,” encouraging young people and adults to take a pledge to be drug-free. More than 1 million copies of drug education booklets have already been distributed.

    The anti-drug campaign in Italy has been publicly endorsed by a host of individuals and groups. For example, the editor of the Turin Cronaca newspaper inserted copies of the booklets in newspapers delivered to their subscribers and appeared on television to endorse the campaign. “Say No to Drugs” volunteers participate in annual drug-awareness events in Milan, working with other organisations to end the drug scourge.

    As a major element of the campaign, Scientologists, working with government officials, coordinate citywide drives to collect and safely dispose of used hypodermic syringes — potentially lethal hazards — discarded in public parks by addicts. Rome, Verona, Padua, Turin, Brescia, Pordenone, Novara, Monza, Florence and Milan have all benefited from such cleanup drives.

  • Police and community leaders in the United Kingdom praise the Church’s drug education booklets as effective and use them in their drug education curriculum. For instance, a Leicester police officer, with the support of his constabulary, has conducted presentations to schools on drugs using the booklets, and police officers from Scotland Yard and other law enforcement bodies attend and speak at drug prevention activities organised by the Church.

  • In Spain, where drug trafficking has earned that nation the title “drug crossroads of Europe,” Scientologists have formed a “Drug-Busters” association. They regularly conduct drug education events in Madrid and other cities, distributing thousands of booklets. A group of Scientologists formed a football team to promote drug-free living to athletes in all sports.

    And to fill the dire need for a broad-based public awareness campaign against drugs in this country, the Church has sponsored billboards and bus ads in Madrid warning of the dangers of drugs.

    The Church’s drug education booklets have been distributed by chapters of Spanish Red Cross groups, youth centres in town halls, teachers, lawyers, doctors, prisons and police, including the Guardia Civil. Thousands of these booklets have been requested by schools across the country.

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