The summertime is the perfect time for children across the Commonwealth of Independent States to learn about the dangers of drug abuse. And so Narconon staff and volunteers from a number of different drug prevention organizations set out to reach as many children as possible. They brought a message to each child about the importance of staying drug-free.
The lectures took place in summer camp amphitheaters, dining rooms, classrooms and libraries. Young children curled up on oriental carpets and teens perched on theater seats or benches.
A newspaper article on one of the events in Murmansk at the extreme northern reaches of Russia commented that instead of boring lectures, the children were treated to lively dialogue with the drug educators. While the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs were discussed, the students could respond to the presenter’s comments and ask questions.
Some of the children hearing the presentation have been quite young as it is necessary to reach children before they have a chance to use drugs for the first time. After the presentations, the children are invited to fill out surveys to report what they thought of the classes. It’s very common for these children to report that they were thinking about using drugs but now they understand why this is dangerous so they have changed their minds.
These lectures have been presented by Narconon staff in many schools and summer camps in the Ukraine and Russia, including the cities of Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Penza, Balakovo, Omsk and Biysk.