Foundation for a Drug-Free World
|Focus||Drug abuse prevention|
|Origins||Church of Scientology|
|Method||Anti-drug booklets, public service announcements, drug awareness events|
Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW) is an anti-drug organization established in 2006 by the Church of Scientology. There has been controversy about the claims made by the foundation and about its support by public organizations who were not aware of its link to Scientology.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World was founded in October 2006. In 2008, it partnered with the United Nations for International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Relation to Scientology and Narconon
In 2012, the police department of Santa Ana distributed anti-drug pamphlets provided by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. A reporter called the contact number on the pamphlets and asked where to get help for drug abuse. He was directed to Narconon Arrowhead, the flagship rehab centre of Narcon International, which is classified as a Scientology related entity by the IRS. The SAPD withdrew the pamphlets after the reported link.
On September 9, 2009, a resident discovered pamphlets produced by the Foundation outside a police town hall meeting in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. The pamphlets read, "The first step is to understand why a person becomes trapped by drugs. In May 1969 L. Ron Hubbard wrote: 'When a person is depressed or in pain and where he finds no physical relief from treatment, he will eventually discover for himself that drugs remove his symptoms. . ." Another paragraph in the pamphlets read, "And for the person with a drug problem, there are also real solutions to addiction. Narconon, a drug rehabilitation program that utilizes the methods of L. Ron Hubbard, has a success rate of more than 75% . . ." L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of Scientology and the inventor of Narconon drug rehabilitation program.
The "Drug-Free Marshal" program started in November, 2008, at Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World supplied the pamphlets, at the bottom of which contained a notice of copyright by Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Narconon and Association for Better Living and Education, all programs sponsored by the Church of Scientology. After the city mayor found out that the anti-drug program was created and bankrolled by the Church of Scientology, he apologized and ended the program.
After an investigation by the State of California into the Narconon anti-drug education program, State Superintendent Jack O'Connell urged all California schools to drop the program for its inaccurate and unscientific information in 2005, the year before the Foundation for a Drug-Free World was founded.
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