Church of Scientology London Tackles Drugs in the Workplace

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Community leaders co-ordinate their drug prevention efforts at an International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking conference at the Church of Scientology London.

Pastor Lawrence Solution Oji, founder of community project “SHADE” for alcoholics and drug end users

Pastor Lawrence Solution Oji, founder of community project “SHADE” for alcoholics and drug end users

As London is arguably the epicenter of the working world, tackling drugs in the workplace is a hot topic, as expertly illustrated by the two guest speakers at the London Drug Awareness Conference June 26 that launched two days of drug education and prevention activities organized by the Church of Scientology of London.

The conference “Do we need to tackle drugs in the workplace?” was part of the Church’s year-round effort to combat the drug abuse epidemic that, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, causes nearly 200,000 drug-related deaths each year.

Online pharmacies and “legal highs” are making the control of mind-altering drugs a problem for regulators, according to recent reports. But what kind of effect might this be having on the workplace, and what should employers do about it with as many as 80 new legal highs appearing each year?

This was the subject of the conference, held to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking whose theme this year is “Let’s develop our lives, our communities, our identities without drugs.”

The conference featured Mr. Steven Mervish, Director of Drug-line Education, and Pastor Lawrence Solution Oji, founder of community project “SHADE” for alcoholics and drug end users. They enlightened the audience with their first-hand real-life stories of drugs and some eye-opening information about the drug culture in London. Both speakers highlighted the importance of drug education for young people and parents.

Pastor Solution Oji has adopted the Church of Scientology-sponsored The Truth About Drugs program as part of his own humanitarian work. A transformed man who used to be on the other side of the law, Pastor Oji pointed out that by stopping drug abuse we also greatly reduce crime. “Anything that can help people not go down the road I went down with drugs, I see as a very valuable venture,” he said.

Steven Mervish has given his brand of highly effective drug education to some 80,000 school children over the past two years, saving untold numbers from drug use and potential addiction. “I chose to speak at the conference because I believe everyone has the right to know the truth about drugs.”

Mark Pinchin, Drug-Free World Coordinator for London said, “It gives one further inspiration to hear the views of our speakers that something can be done to address the drug epidemic facing our society. We know that, together, all like-minded groups and individuals can make a difference. For our part, we make The Truth About Drugs education materials available free of charge for anyone to use to educate others.”

The following day a team of volunteers, dedicated to stopping drug abuse through education, hit the streets of London where they handed out copies of The Truth About Drugs and encouraged shoppers and passers-by to sign the Drug-Free Life Pledge.

The Church of Scientology London, an Ideal Scientology Organization, serves as a home for the entire community—a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift citizens of all denominations.

Scientologists on five continents work in their communities throughout the year to empower others with the truth about drugs. The Church and its members are dedicated to eradicating drug abuse through education.

The Church of Scientology supports The Truth About Drugs initiative, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. Learn more, here:

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