Bringing the Truth About Drugs to South Los Angeles
Church of Scientology Community Center commemorates its November 5 one-year anniversary with renewed commitment to create a Drug-Free South L.A.
Once known as South Central, and made famous by the lyrics of gangsta rap, South Los Angeles has risen from the ashes of the 1992 riots, determined, stronger, and committed to positive change. But, there remains a factor that cuts across the accomplishment of the dream shared by all who wants a safe and prosperous neighborhood—drug abuse and drug-related crime that continues to plague the community.
“The best time to counter drug abuse is before it starts,” says June Middleton, Director of the Church of Scientology Community Center of South Los Angeles. “From talking to former addicts, one point comes home time after time—if they had known what they were letting themselves in for they would never have started using drugs.”
Located at 8039 South Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles, the Church of Scientology Community Center is committed to drug education and prevention. The Center makes available free of charge all Truth About Drugs materials: 13 booklets on commonly abused drugs, “They Said, They Lied” public service announcements and The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories documentary featuring former users who survived addiction.
Religious leaders, clubs and parent groups host their own drug prevention activities at the Center’s L. Ron Hubbard Community Auditorium, where the Church also provides free drug prevention specialist training using the Truth About Drugs curriculum.
Middleton and Community Affairs Director Frizell Clegg reach out to local businesses throughout in the South Vermont Corridor and surrounding Manchester Square to join the campaign to create a drug-free South L.A. by display copies of the Truth About Drugs booklets in English and Spanish for their customers to use and pass along.
“Education is a cure for this epidemic,” says Middleton. “Working together, we can save our children and our community by reaching our kids with the truth before they experiment with drugs.”
About Scientology: How We Help—the Truth About Drugs
The Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—the Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World to meet requests for more information about its drug education and prevention initiative. To read a copy of the brochure or to learn more about the Church of Scientology drug education and prevention initiative, visit the Scientology website.
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 table advancement in mental or spiritual sell-being.”
The Church of Scientology sponsors one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately.
Press Contact: Bob Adams
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Press Contact: Bob Adams
Phone: (323) 960-3500
Church of Scientology International
6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90028