Narconon Uses Innovative Programs to Reach More People with the Truth About Drug Abuse
Across the Eastern United States, Narconon staff and volunteers have been using innovative programs and alliances to teach more young people and families about drug abuse and addiction. Innovation helps Narconon make advances in its mission to eradicate drug addiction.
For more than 25 years, Narconon staff and volunteers have been visiting schools, clubs and youth groups to educate youth on the problems that result from substance abuse. Here's a summary of some recent activities.
In New York, Narconon staff teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give presentations to visitors at the DEA Museum at Times Square. Veteran Narconon drug education specialists gave 45-minute talks on how drugs affect the body and mind. Amy Bloustine, Exhibit Educator for the Museum, said she asked for Narconon educators to participate after she heard that they had a reputation for lively interactive presentations.
"We really wanted to have this live element," said Bloustine. "The Museum is impressive with its impactful exhibits. But for kids, we couldn't do better than give them a chance to see what drugs are doing nationally, internationally, and to themselves."
Narconon staff of Battle Creek, Michigan reached an unprecedented number of students when they gave their drug prevention presentations to schools, youth groups, community groups, events and fairs across the state. In one year, the drug education team reached more than 12,000 students. One of their founders accompanied Senator Mark Schauer in their annual Family Fun Day Fitness Walk-a-thon. More than a thousand people were on hand to hear the drug-free message.
In Clearwater, Florida, the director of Narconon Florida was recognized for her consistently excellent results by being appointed as the President of the Florida School of Addiction Studies Alumni Board.
Narconon Atlanta annually participates in the city's Red Ribbon week activities and is consistently out in the community doing good works. For instance, they teamed up with the city of Atlanta and organized a program to help children of the inner city where most of the children come from homes where either one or both of their parents have a drug addiction problem or are in prison.
In addition to several other activities, the children spent an hour a day on a drug prevention program. They studied the 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs booklet, including each child making a poster illustrating the booklet. They also became familiar with The Way to Happiness booklet to learn about honesty and more about the harmful effects of drugs.
Narconon Gulf Coast center in Destin, Florida arranged for a visit from the Narconon network's top Drug Education Specialist, Bobby Wiggins, to make four special presentations at two of their local schools. Both were alternative schools for high risk youth, very much in need of a real education on drugs. The students were very responsive and the teachers were quite impressed with Bobby's ability to hold the attention of this challenging audience.
Narconon staff regularly attend the National Leadership Forum held by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA has more than 5,000 community coalition members around the country who are actively at work building drug-free communities. Coalitions connect members of different sectors of the community such as parents, teachers, youth, media and law enforcement, as well as federal, state and local government agencies. At these conferences Narconon staff have met with hundreds of individuals, all with the common purpose to end drug abuse in their communities. Participants have been so impressed by the 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs booklet as well as other effective drug education information and strategies that some have expressed strong interest in being trained in the Narconon program.
Visit the Narconon Drug Education Center for additional information.