Church of Scientology Announces Foundation for a Drug Free World Florida Runners Take “Truth About Drugs” Message to 2000 in St. Petersburg

CLEARWATER, Fla., May 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Saturday May 21, 2016, twenty-eight runners for the Foundation for a Drug Free World (FDFW) Florida, a group supported by the Church of Scientology, participated in a 5K race in St. Petersburg, Florida – “The 5K Hippie Dash Race”. There were 800 runners in all at the race in 60’s “hippie attire”. FDFW set up a booth on the sidelines where volunteers distributed more than 2,000 “Truth About Drugs” booklets to runners and onlookers. The FDFW Florida opened up its headquarters in downtown Clearwater last year through the generous donations of the International Association of Scientologists.

Members of Foundation for a Drug Free World Florida at Clearwater Beach Florida

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Julieta Santagostino, the President of the Foundation for a Drug Free World of Florida, said, “In 2015, more than 47,000 men and women died from drug overdoses. That is why we come out to events like this one and work to disseminate truth to our neighbors, friends and contacts to stem the tide of death and suffering caused by drugs.”

The FDFW has also provided their “Truth About Drugs” booklets, education kits and DVDs to thousands across Florida. As a result, since the Grand Opening of the group’s headquarters in downtown Clearwater last July, over 200 Florida schools and community organizations have adopted the program and are now using the materials to educate their contacts about drugs.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.

Through a worldwide network of volunteers, 50 million drug prevention booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on more than 500 television stations. These materials and activities have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them.

Regarding drugs, Humanitarian and 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.”

For more information contact: Eszter Moellman 727-467-6962

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization