Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


New Publication "Provides Key to Creating a Drug-Free World"


New Publication Provides the Key to Creating a Drug-Free World
November 28, 2012

Already one of the world’s largest and most effective non-governmental drug information and prevention initiatives, the Church of Scientology’s Truth About Drugs programme is set to reach millions more with the release of a new publication, Scientology: How We Help—the Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World.

The new publication was launched at a community gathering hosted at the Nga Whare Waatea Marae Rainbow room where Mangere Maori Warden, Thomas Henry opened the meeting.

“We have been using the Church of Scientology’s Truth About Drugs materials for six years now and we can see the results in our area,” Thomas said. “South Auckland’s drug crimes have dropped by as much as 20 percent in the previous year and we know these booklets are making the difference.”
In 2006 Mereana Peka, manager of the marae, was introduced to the Truth About Drugs education booklets and immediately saw their potential and got behind the programme launching the new campaign from her former role as a Maori Warden working in Otara. She still supports the campaign today and spoke at the hui saying she had seen the help these materials bring to people who are affected by drug addiction.

“My son one example of a person now living a drug-free life after reading these booklets. So I have much to thank the Church of Scientology for and how they have made this material available,” Mereana said.

The New Zealand Maori Wardens and numerous community and church groups around the country have helped distribute over 450,000 Truth About Drugs booklets over the past year alone. There are now six Drug-Free Ambassador drug education centres operating from Rotorua, New Plymouth, Northland and West and South Auckland.

“We have been able to reach some of the most drug-ridden areas in the country with this campaign and the support of many caring community groups who are concerned about the drug epidemic,” said Rita Peters, the Church of Scientology’s community affairs coordinator, who also spoke at the event.

The Church has sponsored drug education around the world over the past 25 years, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that Scientologists in Europe started producing a series of youth-oriented booklets containing straight facts on the dangers of drugs that the programme started really taking off. The booklets were in such high demand the Church undertook to publish them internationally and this resulted in the distribution of millions of booklets, fliers and posters throughout communities around the world.

“We have drawn on 25 years of experience to create a programme that solves the problem of effectively communicating the reality of drug abuse to teens and young adults. This makes it possible for young people to make their own decisions, uninfluenced by peer pressure and pro-drug propaganda,” Rita said.
The twelve Truth About Drugs booklets target the most commonly used street drugs and drugs of choice. There is also a DVD that documents how these drugs have affected the lives of users as they tell their stories now they have recovered from drug addiction. The film Real People Real Stories, The Truth About Drugs complements the booklets and is part of the drug education package.

The Church of Scientology’s Truth About Drugs drug education and prevention campaign is a secular programme that anyone can become involved in. The results show that when young people are provided with factual information on what drugs are and what they do, usage rates drop commensurately.

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.”
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Asylum: Dunne Accepts Hundreds Of Postcards On Refugee Categories

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees... The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. More>>

ALSO:

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news