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CLEARWATER, Fla., July 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thousands of Scientologists and community guests gathered to dedicate a new Foundation for a Drug-Free World headquarters in downtown Clearwater, Florida, Saturday, July 11. Through its Truth About Drugs program, the Foundation is committed to eradicating drug abuse and providing meaningful drug education to young people throughout the Clearwater and the Tampa Bay areas.
The Drug-Free World facility could not possibly come at a better or more necessary time, with illicit drug use and abuse at a crisis point in Florida. A few alarming statistics tell the dire tale. Every 32 hours, someone in Pinellas County dies from a drug overdose. Some 63 percent of high school students in the county have used alcohol or other illicit drugs. Designer drugs including K2 (a synthetic marijuana) and other drugs are surfacing in convenience stores around the area. The Sheriff's Department is enforcing bans on these drugs, but they are easily manufactured and put back on the market.
"Drugs are ruining the planet," declared Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, in his dedication of the new center on Saturday. "It's time to partner with every police department. It's time to partner with all sheriff forces. It's time to spread the Truth About Drugs by the thousands on a grass-roots level and it's time to do everything we can. That's why our new Truth About Drugs headquarters is dedicated to ending this plague once and for all, beginning in the city of Clearwater and the entire Tampa Bay area. But we need everyone's help. "
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World and its Truth About Drugs program, sponsored by Churches of Scientology and Scientologists, stands as one of the world's largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention initiatives.
Fact-filled, high-impact educational materials are distributed by the Foundation to schools, communities and governmental institutions worldwide. DrugFreeWorld.org is the leading drug education site, visited more than the next five top drug education sites combined.
In Florida, some 56,000 Truth About Drugs booklets were distributed in 2014 in the Clearwater/Tampa Bay area. Nearly half a million booklets have been handed out in the region since 2006, with 15,000 young people signing drug-free pledges. The program has also partnered with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, the Ocala Police Department, and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department.
The new Foundation for a Drug-Free World center on Fort Harrison Avenue stands ready to deliver drug education and prevention for the communities of Clearwater and Tampa Bay.
It houses an information center and features award-winning public service announcements and informational documentaries on each individual commonly abused drug. It also offers seminar rooms for drug education lectures and workshops. Truth About Drugs Education Packages are available in the center at no cost for educators to use in school and community settings.
And as community collaboration is at the core of every strong movement, the center provides administrative facilities for Drug‑Free World volunteers to partner on local anti-drug initiatives.
The worldwide drug prevention efforts of the Truth About Drugs program has effectively empowered youth to make their own decisions to be drug-free.
This new Foundation for a Drug-Free World center is one of six new facilities, each dedicated to helping with the pressing issues that impact Clearwater and the Greater Tampa Bay area:
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