Press Release

Narconon Celebrates UN's Day Against Drug Abuse

LOS ANGELES, June 25 -- In celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Narconon International President Clark Carr announced the successful completion of a campaign based on the 2003 theme, "Let's Talk About Drugs."

The International Day is a program of the UN Office of Drug Control. As the year began, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, noted that "for the many young people around the world who do not have the advantage of a supportive home environment, we all have a special responsibility."

The Narconon International network with 120 organizations in 39 countries, took these words to heart. Since last June, Narconon drug prevention staff have reached more than 400,000 students in 36 countries with in-school presentations on the physical and personal consequences of drug abuse.

"Conflict and instability in the Middle East and Central Asia have unleashed a flood of hard drugs," noted Carr. "Last year, hundreds of Narconon supporters launched our campaign by carrying the UN's message through the streets of Hyderabad, Pakistan."

In the Ukraine, where use of heroin and club drugs has spiraled upward since the fall of Communism, Narconon lecturers worked with police and education officials. Across the world, Narconon Mexico partnered with police in the towns of Pedro Escobedo and Tequesquilapan, where police delivered lecturers daily to schools in their patrol cars. The campaign reached more than 10,000 students.

Narconon efforts have met with thanks from local communities, from a drug education grant awarded to Narconon Sweden to the key to the city of Rushville, Oklahoma. A deputy sheriff in Northern California, a primary region for marijuana cultivation, praised Narconon staff for "the highest degree of professionalism and a true concern for helping the people they serve." Narconon Georgia this year opened a children's center in Atlanta's inner city to teach study and communication skills along with drug education. In Oklahoma over 60,000 youth received Narconon lectures.

In the last year, Carr travelled to Manila, Shanghai, and Ghana to train drug education specialists in Narconon techniques and curriculum, researched and proven in 30 years of field use. He also met with police, educators and rehabilitation professionals in regions of the developing world where escalating drug abuse is a major factor in the AIDS epidemic.

"Governments and community groups throughout the world are desperate for help," Carr noted. "Even in regions of great poverty, hard drugs such as heroin are available and affordable to anyone. In these countries, a small investment in drug education can mean the difference literally between life and death."

The theme for the 2004 International Day campaign is "treatment works," Carr noted. "This theme has special relevance in the US," he said. "One in four of all persons who are incarcerated worldwide are Americans. Far too many are in prison because of drugs."

"We are looking forward to collaborating with federal and local governments, community groups, and public service agencies over the coming year," Carr said.

SOURCE: Narconon International

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