Scientology-Supported Publications Used in Fight Against Teen Painkiller Abuse

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With 10 percent of teens surveyed admitting they abuse over the counter medications, the Truth About Drugs program, supported by the Church of Scientology, offers hope to stem problem

Scientology-supported Truth About Drugs booklets help teens avoid addiction to painkillers and other drugs of choice

The real-life stories captured the attention of all the students.” Another found the data to be “real, not just ‘textbook’ info.

According to a recent University of Cincinnati nationwide survey of 138,000 adolescents, one in every 30 teens uses painkillers to get high.

Painkillers are covered extensively in the Truth About Drugs, drug education and prevention initiative supported by the Church of Scientology, which includes a series of 13 educational booklets. Drawing on 25 years of experience in drug prevention, the booklets effectively communicate to teens and young adults the harsh reality of drug abuse.

The series includes an overview and 12 additional booklets, one on each of the most commonly abused drugs: painkillers, prescription drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Ecstasy, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, inhalants, heroin, LSD, and Ritalin.

They provide facts and statistics, describe how drugs work, and cover the mental and physical short-term and long-term effects the drugs create.

Each booklet contains firsthand accounts from former users, talking about the misery of life on drugs. Experience and surveys show that teens and young adults are most likely to listen to their peers.

Educators, police, religious leaders, community and youth groups use these booklets in their drug education and crime prevention endeavors, finding them an invaluable tool to communicate the dangers of drugs.

A U.S. middle-school teacher commented, “The real-life stories captured the attention of all the students.” Another found the data to be “real, not just ‘textbook’ info.” A police officer serving as a school resource officer in Oregon said the materials are “priceless in painting a real picture of the dangers of the drug world for the students.”

From reading the booklets, students realize that some of the unexplained mental and physiological changes they have experienced came from the drugs they have used. They are often surprised to find how much they didn’t know about various drugs.

Volunteers have distributed more than 50 million Truth About Drugs booklets in 20 languages. These fact-filled booklets inform and empower teens and young adults to make their own decisions to live drug-free.

The Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, to meet requests for more information about the drug education and prevention initiative it supports. To learn more or to read a copy of the brochure, visit the Scientology website at

About How We Help—the Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World

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.”

The Church of Scientology supports the Truth About Drugs, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately.

Press Contact: Karin Pouw
Tel: (323) 960-3500
Email: MediaRelations(at)ChurchofScientology(dot)net

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