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Church of Scientology of Los Angeles Youth Help Kids Say No to Drugs

Church of Scientology  Drug-Free Marshals helped  hundreds of LA youth take the “drug-free pledge” at a Los Angeles block party.

Youth of the Church of Scientology are working to arm LA kids with the best anti-drug weapon there is—the real facts about drugs.  At a block party last weekend, these youth helped 200 kids and teens make decisions that will benefit them the rest of their lives—the decision to live a drug-free life.

For the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Church of Scientology Drug-Free Marshals have activated young people of all backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities in pledging to live drug-free lives and helping their friends and families do the same.

“Kids are exposed to peer pressure and are hit by pro-drug propaganda every time they turn on the TV, listen to their favorite music or log onto the Internet,” said Edie Reuveni, President of the Church of Scientology Los Angeles who coordinates the activities of her Church’s chapter of the Drug-Free Marshals.  “It’s no wonder nearly half of all public school children in the United States have tried drugs or alcohol by the time they are 13.  Educating youth about drugs is vital.”

The Drug-Free Marshals began in California 16 years ago when members of the Church of Scientology decided to do something to protect kids from the dangers of drugs with straightforward education on the facts.    They realized that if kids got onto drugs because of the influence of “friends,” the best solution would be for kids to help other kids say no to drugs.

Like the U.S. Marshals of the Wild West, whose courage and conviction meant the difference between life and death for the settlers and townsfolk of the day, Drug-Free Marshals protect their peers from drugs, which are potentially as deadly as the blast of a gun.

Today, the Drug-Free Marshals provide their peers The Truth About Drugs series of booklets at sports events, fairs and community gatherings.  Kids earn a Marshals badge by pledging to live a drug-free life, to set an example to their friends and families, and help others make the same decision.

The Los Angeles Church of Scientology Drug-Free Marshals are proud to be the first chapter of a program that has been adopted in cities through the United States and in Canada, Africa, Europe, Japan and Taiwan, and, as the Drug-Free Ambassadors, in Australia and New Zealand.

For more information on the drug-education initiative of the Church of Scientology, visit the Scientology web site.

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Scientology Program Promotes Personal Freedom for Pakistani Youth

Freedom from drugs is the theme with 50 youth sworn in as Drug-Free Marshals at the Pakistani Independence Day celebration in Brussels.

The Church of Scientology International European Public Affairs Office partnered with the Pakistan Businessmen Forum of Belgium and the Institute for Peace and Development to help 50 Pakistani youth commit to live drug-free lives at this week’s celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Pakistani independence held in the Belgian capital.


More than 600 members of the Belgian Pakistani community looked on while the young people were sworn in as Drug-Free Marshals, taking an oath in the Urdu language to live drug-free lives and help their friends and families do the same.

The Church of Scientology’s presentation of its anti-drug campaign to the Belgian Pakistani community, including three short video clips that raised awareness of the devastating effects of marijuana, alcohol, and heroin, could not have been more timely.  It addressed the very issue raised by last Tuesday’s announcement by Pakistan’s Ministry for Narcotics Control that there are an estimated 620,800 drug addicts in Pakistan, 77% of them heroin users.

In October 1947, just months after Pakistan gained its independence, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, first Governor-General of Pakistan, said, “My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.”  Today, one of those issues is drug abuse and addiction.

“In today’s world, independence means more than political sovereignty,” said Marc Bromberg, managing director of the European Public Affairs Office of the Church of Scientology International.  “Freedom from drug abuse and addiction is a significant aspect of an independent life.”

For more information on the anti-drug programs of the Church of Scientology visit the Scientology web site

Church of Scientology Sponsored Group in Markham, Canada Fights Drugs

A Scientology-sponsored drug education group called the Drug-Free Marshals rallied community and civic leaders to take a stand against drug abuse and addiction.

A Scientology-sponsored youth group rallied local community and civic leaders to back drug education and prevention in commemoration of last week’s United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The campaign message this year, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was “Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs.” The slogan conveys the concept that drugs concern everyone as their use harms individuals, families and society at large.

The Drug-Free Marshals is an international grass-roots drug education and prevention program.  The Church of Scientology of Toronto sponsors a chapter, membership of which is open to all children who want to be drug-free.

To get across the UN’s anti-drug message, the youngsters worked with local officials who are committed to handling the drug problem in their area.

They contacted the Markham Town Council, which unanimously proclaimed June 26th as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the Town of Markham. The Mayor presented the Drug-Free Marshals with the proclamation at the Taste of Asia Festival, where Drug-Free Marshal, Sophie Pateropoulos, led all those attending in a pledge to be drug-free.

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Save the child and you save the nation,” and the Church of Scientology of Toronto, committed to saving kids from the tragedy of drug abuse and addiction, has been active in drug education and prevention for more than 2 decades.

For more information on what the Church of Scientology is doing to counter drug-abuse and promote drug-free living visit the web site of the Church of Scientology of Toronto or the Scientology video channel.

Church of Scientology International Recognized as Anti-Drug Leader

The Church of Scientology International received a certificate of recognition on November 21st from the California State Assembly commending its “leadership and dedication in drug prevention and education, including the production of 16 groundbreaking public service films that are raising awareness of drug abuse internationally.”

The Church of Scientology has created a series of drug education films, brochures and fliers, which it provides to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a nonprofit organization that promotes and distributes these drug information materials internationally to government institutions, civic groups and schools.

The newest and perhaps most engaging element of this drug education campaign is a series of 16 anti-drug public service films. Each film, produced by the Church of Scientology, graphically illustrates the effects of commonly abused substances like alcohol and prescription drugs, or illegal drugs such as meth, heroin, cocaine, crack, marijuana and ecstasy. View one of the anti-drug ads on the YouTube Church of Scientology Channel.

Filmed in an edgy style that talks to young people, the public service films show the harsh reality of street drugs and drug abuse.  The goal is to impact youth about teenage drug abuse and debunk common street drug hype such as “drugs will make you cool,” “you will not get hooked after the first hit,” and “drugs will help you party all night.”

Four of the 16 public service films have already won an Addy Award, which acknowledges exceptional advertisements, for excellence in creativity and execution. The drug education campaign ads have also won two Telly Awards, which honor outstanding television commercials and productions, in the Best Public Service Campaign category.

The efforts of California public officials to reduce drug abuse is often overshadowed by news of cross-border drug trafficking and the state’s dubious distinction of leading the nation in drug-related arrests.  However, California is committed to tackling the drug problem. According to the State of California Health and Human Services Agency, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger channeled $3.7 million into drug prevention and related programs for the state last year.

Any group or individual wanting to do something effective about drug abuse is invited to order these films and other educational materials online. For more information, go to www.drugfreeworld.org or contact the Community Drug Education Programs Coordinator for the Church of Scientology International, Wendy Beccaccini, at 323-960-3500.