Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
The prescription drug epidemic that is killing more than 10,000 Americans every year was the focus of the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, Florida. Staff from the Eastern management office of the Narconon network manned a booth at the Summit to educate the attendees on the help that is available from Narconon.
In opening statements, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said, “We can stop this epidemic.” Attending the conference from Narconon Eastern US, director Yvonne Rodgers pledged “to increase our efforts to support the Summit intention to make an impact.” Narconon is an international network of drug rehabilitation and prevention programs.
At the Summit held 2-4 April, luminaries involved in this fight presented successful approaches to preventing prescription drug abuse or to deal with its effects. Keynote presenters included Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske.
“For more than forty-five years, we have dedicated ourselves to saving lives nearly destroyed by drugs like heroin, cocaine, prescription opiates and alcohol,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. “We are very fortunate to have a protocol that the majority of our clients have found effective for recovery. We salute this national attention being brought to this pharmaceutical abuse epidemic that destroys families and imposes such a severe cost to our society. We are increasing our efforts at both rehabilitation and prevention including a recently released publication on prescription drug abuse.”
Currently, there are nearly fifty Narconon centers located on six continents and dozens more drug education and prevention groups.
Carr cited personal testimonials of the success of the Narconon program saving lives that had just crossed his desk, including a letter received from a nurse at Narconon Arrowhead, the network’s largest center, located in Oklahoma. The letter from Gillian C. read, in part:
“I have known a lot of drug addicts in my life and have seen them go through Twelve Step programs and other different programs and have seen them go right back to using, saying ‘that program did not work’ for them. I started working for Narconon Arrowhead two years ago and I am amazed with the progress that is made here. This program is drug-free. I am amazed at the end result. The program works, I have seen it, they are living happy, healthy and productive lives. I am proud to be part of the Narconon family.”
Another letter from Bryant Farnam described his addiction to the pharmaceutical drug oxycodone starting at the age of 17, followed by years of heavy drug abuse, arrests, more than 12 attempts at rehab and a disintegrating life. He found himself at last shooting up pharmaceuticals. “I had lost my family, my mother had a security system installed and my father filed a restraining order. I was completely unable, a catastrophe,” Farnam’s letter says. “I asked my mother if she could find me a place to go to rehab and within two days, I was going to the Narconon program in San Diego. Through the love and very knowledgeable help I received from all the Narconon staff, I started to see some real results. I can now handle situations in my life a lot better, I take value in myself. I now live a drug-free, happy life, where I am a productive member of society and I have a trusting, loving relationship with my family.”
“These and hundreds of other such letters show that Narconon and other organizations of good will and strong fiber can meet the challenge of this crisis,” said Carr. “Skyrocketing prescription drug abuse is spreading from the US to every continent. We promise to increase Narconon efforts to fight the losses created by this tragic problem and to reverse them, to save lives. Every life is worth saving.”
For more information on the Narconon drug rehab program or drug prevention curriculum, contact Narconon International at 1-800-775-8750.