Youth Pledge to Lead Drug Free Lives at Aviation Expo in Compton

January 29, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Teens and drugs might be the daily headlines, but here at the Aviation Industry Career Expo at Compton Airport youth lined up to become the new Drug-Free Marshals as they raised their right hands and pledged to be drug-free and help others to do so as well. Along with the Drug-Free Marshals 10 people signed up to start DFM Clubs.

The Drug-Free Marshals, besides getting young people to pledge to live drug-free lives, distributed over 150 new drug information booklets. The "The Truth About Drugs" series, published by the Church of Scientology's "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life" campaign, contains factual information on numerous drugs including crack, crystal meth, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin and LSD. Each booklet provides the medical and mental effects of the drug, what ex-users have to say about it, the drug's statistics and what makes it dangerous to use and abuse. The purpose is to provide youth with facts so that they can make up their own minds on the subject. More than 5 million drug awareness booklets are now in circulation around the planet.

“When young people have the facts about the harmful effects of drugs, they can make their own decision to NOT take drugs and these drug education booklets and information arm them with truth and an effective way to help their family and friends to also live happier, drug-free lives,” stated Noelle North, Drug-Free Marshals coordinator for Los Angeles. "As humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard said, ‘When children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited its future‘. Parents can now have the right ammunition to fight against drug use in their families and in the community."

The Church of Scientology created and launched the “Drug-Free Marshals” youth drug-education and prevention program in 1993 when 200 children between the ages of 6 and 13 were sworn in by the director of the FBI’s Drug Demand Reduction Program at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. Children demonstrate their commitment as Drug-Free Marshals by pledging to remain drug-free and encouraging their peers to do the same. Since its inception, more than 3.2 million youth have been sworn in as Drug-Free Marshals in cities and towns throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and Europe.

To obtain copies of the "Truth About Drugs" booklets or get more information on Drug-Free Marshals, contact Noelle North : Community Affairs at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles at 323-953-3200.