New Report Reveals Real Impact of Marijuana on Colorado

colorado marijuana New Report Reveals Real Impact of Marijuana on ColoradoWhen you’re listening to the arguments for or against the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it can be very difficult to know who to believe. Both sides seem to have valid arguments. It would take a lot of study to be able to tell the truth from the lies, if you even knew where to start.

A new report will help set things straight. This report comes from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office in Denver. A HIDTA is a law-enforcement agency established in an area of particularly high drug trafficking. It coordinates efforts between police, sheriff’s departments, Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies so they can work together to take drugs off the street. There are currently 28 of these regions in the US.

The HIDTA in Denver has access to the medical, police, DEA, school, city, county and state information and can pool them to create a report like this when it is warranted. At this moment, there are several states with pending legislation on the marijuana issue. In some of these states, many voters are asking to hold off on such a vote until the impact on marijuana is known. This report compiles so much information from so many sources that it will help those in states where marijuana votes are pending – those residents will now be able to see the impact that the drug might have on their own state.

The entire report can be found here: http://bit.ly/1lSgXFo.

The following are highlights from the report:

1. Traffic fatalities involving marijuana: Between 2006 and 2012, the number of fatal accidents involving a person who had used marijuana increased from less than 7% of all such accidents to more than 16.5%. The marijuana-intoxicated person killed could have been a driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian.

2. In 2009, there were 223 people found to be Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) – in this case, marijuana, confirmed by blood test. In 2013, the number increased to 1,670. In fact, in Larimer County, nearly 95% of all DUID cases were attributed to marijuana.

3. Among youth aged 12 to 17 years, the rate of last-month marijuana use was 10.47% in 2012. The national average was 7.55%.
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4. As marijuana use has gone up, there are more suspensions and expulsions from schools due to problems with marijuana. It could be coming to school stoned, having drugs at school or even selling to other students on school property that resulted in these penalties. In this graph, you’ll see the increase in drug expulsions compared to expulsions for alcohol, which remain flat. While all drugs are included in this graph, school officials report that most of the expulsions since the 2008-2009 school year have been due to marijuana.
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5. Among Colorado college students, 26.81% are current users of marijuana. This is 42% above the national average and 20% higher than the Colorado rate in 2006-2008, when the use of medical marijuana was legal but the industry had not yet seen explosive growth.

6. Emergency room admissions for problems related to marijuana climbed from 8,198 in 2011 to 12,888 in 2013. Most likely, it’s both the higher number of people using the drug as well as the increasing potency being sold in Colorado that are responsible for this increase.

7. The following graph shows hospitalizations due to the drug.

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The top ten states for current use of marijuana are all medical marijuana states. Conversely, the bottom ten states for use statistics are all states that do not permit the medical use of marijuana.

If you have an interest in this subject, much will be revealed by reading the rest of the report. You’ll have a whole new understanding of this problem, how it could affect your state and your family in the future or right now and whether or not action should be taken. The full report can be found at: http://bit.ly/1lSgXFo.

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Narconon Anniversaries in Italy Provide Opportunity for Gathering of Graduates, Families and Local Citizens

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Narconon Astore Director speaks to attendees at their 20th anniversary event

Two Narconon centers, both on the east coast of Italy, celebrated their anniversaries and success within weeks of each other. Coming out for these events were graduates of this long-term drug rehabilitation program and their families plus local officials and dignitaries.

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Family and friends gather to celebrate at Narconon Astore

On Sunday, June 29th, Narconon Astore in Poggio San Romualdo, in the boot heel of Italy, held their twentieth anniversary party. Two weeks later on July 13th, Narconon Gabbiano in Torre Dell’Orso, six hours up the east coast, enjoyed their celebration in honor of twenty-six years of success helping the addicted through to stable recovery.

“Without these Narconon centers, many more lives in Italy would have been lost to heroin, cocaine and the many other drugs that pass through this country,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “Helping persons to recover their sobriety requires great patience and infinite care as they rebuild damaged lives step by step. Our Italian staff exemplify the caring attitude that helps our program achieve success for so many. I’m very proud of Astore and Gabbiano and know their staffs will continue to get great results for many more years.”

Both centers had much to celebrate. Helping hundreds of people recover from the desperation of drug or alcohol addiction might be enough, but there is more. Both centers continuously reach out into their communities to help prevent the start of drug abuse that might lead young people into addiction and they also help families heal relationships strained by addiction.

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Graduate gather at Narconon Gabbiano to celebrate years of drug-free living

In Poggio San Romualdo, Narconon Astore welcomed Dr. Giorgio Saitta, Councillor for Social Services. and a member of the nearby Carabinieri who read a poem she had written for the occasion. Dr. Saitta expressed his appreciation to the Narconon staff for the healing they provide the community. The director of the Narconon center then spoke to the crowd to provide some inspiration for guests on what it’s like to bring people back to life after the destruction of addiction. Some of the visiting graduates were also on hand to tell their personal stories.

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Attendees celebrate the 26th anniversary of Narconon Gabbiano

In Torre Dell’Orso, Narconon Gabbiano staff and executives welcomed Mayor of Melendugno Marco Poti and some local Councillors to the festivities. As part of the event, family members of those in recovery who had just completed the special Narconon Course for Parents were awarded their certificates of completion.

Graduates and their families expressed their thanks to Narconon for the effectiveness of the drug rehab program. Some thanked L. Ron Hubbard, the humanitarian who developed these methods of rehabilitating the body, mind and spirit of the addicted person so a person can resume a productive, sober, and ethical life. The Narconon program uses no drugs during this long-term rehab program but instead offers healthy methods of detoxification and life skills training to bring about recovery.

For more information on the Narconon program, call 1-800-775-8750.

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Narconon Welcomes a New Drug Prevention Group in Liberia

It might not be surprising to find a Narconon drug education and prevention group in Los Angeles or New York, but perhaps it’s a little more unusual to learn that a new group was just established on the West Coast of Africa.

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Narconon Liberia group gathered for UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Joseph Appiah, who has been the director of Narconon Ghana for more than a decade and Rufas Yonjare worked together to establish Narconon Liberia.

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Joe Appiah, Narconon Ghana director and Rufus Yonjare of Narconon Liberia address the attendees of the UN Day event.

Seeing that his neighboring country was struggling with the drug addiction of its citizens, Mr. Appiah decided he had to bring the Narconon drug prevention program to Liberia. Working with the new director for Narconon Liberia, they recruited potential educators and supporters in Liberia, and took advantage of the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to introduce this new group to the public. Each June 26th, anti-drug groups around the world use this event to broadcast a drug-free message so it was the perfect time to bring anti-drug organizations together for this event in Monrovia, Liberia.

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Narconon Liberia members join the UNODC and DEA for a march on June 26, 2014 for UN Day

The event started with a parade through the streets with dozens of Narconon volunteers dressed in white and blue Narconon shirts and carrying a long banner in the front of the parade. “Come one, come all and join the fight against drugs, substance abuse and illicit trafficking,” the banner read. At the end of the parade route, Mr. Appiah presented a public awareness event on fighting drug abuse, joined by members of the Liberian Drug Enforcement Administration, representatives from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the U.S. Embassy. Members of the Liberian police force also joined the parade and event.

Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, praised his colleague. “Like his Narconon drug education colleagues in South Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda, Joseph Appiah is spreading the Narconon positive message that being drug-free is a healthier, safer and more ethical way to live,” said Carr. “We are very proud of Joe’s determination to make a difference in Western Africa and highly commend him for his successes garnering the attention of so many people to back up drug education as a primary tool to reduce drug abuse in Liberia.”

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Panel of speakers from the UNODC and DEA for the event held on June 26th

Liberia’s recent increase in drug abuse has developed from the practice of giving soldiers drugs to make them more aggressive fighters during the last two civil wars. In more recent years, a burgeoning marijuana-growing industry has made more of that drug available to young people who are struggling with loss of educational and employment opportunities resulting from the destruction of the country’s infrastructure during the military actions.

The establishment of this new group follows a decade of Narconon drug prevention classes to schoolchildren in Ghana by Mr. Appiah. “But I always had the intention to expand our help to Liberian youth,” Appiah said. “It was not hard at all to recruit willing Liberians to train up in Narconon techniques to spread understandable, drug-free messages.”

“We wish our colleague Mr. Appiah every success in the establishment and expansion of his new organization and look forward to hearing future news of more educational and public awareness events,” added Mr. Carr.

Since 1966, more than 100 Narconon drug rehabilitation or prevention centers have been founded around the world. Drug prevention classes have been delivered to millions of students, adults, businesses, and government agencies on six continents. Founded in 1966 and based on the work and research of American philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard, the Narconon program has helped tens of thousands of people to recover from addiction and reached millions of individuals with drug education. For more information, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit www.narconon.org.


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Narconon observes UN international day against drug abuse with a release of drug education results

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Narconon drug education seminars on UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Every year on the 26th of June, Narconon staff and volunteers around the world will once again lend their efforts to support the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In past years, Narconon representatives have been seen leading marches, attending community anti-drug events or making a sweep of dozens of schools in their areas, spreading a positive message about drug-free lives. Participation has been reported in countries as far-flung as Colombia, Nepal, Denmark, Pakistan, Ghana, Uganda and the United States. Many events include government officials and legislators from the local to the international level, as well as law enforcement personnel, teachers and families.

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Narconon Ghana Director

This year, the director of Narconon Ghana attends just such an event. Director Joe Appiah will be in Liberia to address officials from that country and other African countries, as well as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime personnel for their June 26th event. He will announce an upcoming program to train Liberian drug rehab organizations on the Narconon First Step Program, a method of easing the transition from drug use to sobriety. This program has exact techniques for alleviating withdrawal symptoms in a healthy manner, and helping a person get a head start on their new sober-living skills. These techniques are already in use by more than 150 Christian Twelve Step programs in Mexico as they have proved to improve their successes. In the past ten years, Mr. Appiah has been delivering drug education talks across Central Western Africa.

ghana un day 2011 Narconon observes UN international day against drug abuse with a release of drug education results“We are proud to work side by side with good-hearted persons like Joe Appiah as well as thousands of others worldwide who have dedicated themselves to saving lives from drugs,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “We have helped train drug educators on every continent except Antarctica, sharing what we have learned so that they can in turn educate young people to choose sobriety over a needle, a pill, or a joint. On this special day, we celebrate all our efforts to help our friends and neighbors live drug-free lives.”

In their earliest days, Narconon centers focused their attentions on drug rehabilitation. As early as the late 1960s, however, Narconon founder William Benitez began providing drug education lectures in schools in Arizona and other parts of the Southwest, realizing that young people needed to learn the truth about drug abuse before they began using addictive substances.

Drawing inspiration from Mr. Benitez’s early lectures, later Narconon drug education curricula have proven successful as shown by student feedback. Surveys have long been utilized to determine the positive effects of these classes and to provide guidance to improve the curricula. In 1995, students who attended these classes in Los Angeles were surveyed to find out how many young people changed their minds about drug use. Among a group of at-risk kids – those who identified themselves as being likely to use drugs in the future – eighty-six percent said that they were less likely to use drugs after these classes. That survey can be found on the website of ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center.)

A formal, peer-reviewed study published in 2008 provided further insight into the results of Narconon drug education. In this study, one thousand Oklahoma and Hawaii youth were provided with the full Narconon drug ed curriculum and were surveyed before any classes, at the end of classes and six months later. Significant reductions in use of gateway drugs tobacco and marijuana were noted, along with decreases in alcohol and amphetamine use.

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Paolo Stucchi, Narconon Prevention Specialist in Italy.

In Italy, a new set of 3,300 post-lecture student surveys were recently tabulated to measure the outcome of this drug education project. These students were just part of the 83,000 people in Italy who have heard the Narconon anti-drug message in the last two years. These students were asked to provide a rating in response to the following points, among others:

1. The lesson has allowed me to learn things I did not know, and
2. The topic of the lesson was important with useful information about drugs and alcohol.

As seen in the first pie chart below, nearly half the Italian students felt that they learned information they didn’t know before. A little less than half felt that they had received a “moderate” increase in understanding. Only 3% of the students didn’t feel they learned much.

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Students learned information they did not know

In the second pie chart, it is shown that more than three-quarters of the Italian students felt that the lessons provided important and useful information about drugs and alcohol. Only one percent of the students felt the information was not particularly useful and important.

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Students felt information was important and useful

“In the last two years, Narconon drug educators have been very busy traveling to every corner of the world to prevent drug abuse,” said Carr. “In North America, they reached more than a quarter-million young people, and in Northern Europe, almost 200,000. In Latin America, another 45,000 were reached and in Australia and Asia, approximately 122,000. On this international day against drugs, we salute our Narconon staff as well as all those others worldwide who are fighting this battle. Whether they work in rehab, law enforcement or education and, of course, including those parents who talk to their kids at home, this is simply about saving the future generation.”

For more information on the Narconon drug education or rehab programs or to obtain drug prevention materials from Narconon visit www.narconon.org.http://news.narconon.org/images/drug-ed-italy-student-responses.jpg

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In the South of Spain, Narconon Mediterraneo is Joined by Families and Supporters for a Celebration of Drug-free Lives

mediterraneo guests arrive In the South of Spain, Narconon Mediterraneo is Joined by Families and Supporters for a Celebration of Drug free LivesIn early June 2014, the Narconon center in Alcala de Guadaira, near Seville, Spain, staged a celebration of success by inviting graduates, their families, members of the community and local government officials for a dinner and party. For more than twenty-five years, this rehab center has been helping persons struggling with addiction from all over Spain to find in themselves the ability to live sober, productive lives. It was time to enjoy their accomplishments and thank those who made it possible.

After an indoor reception, everyone moved out into the garden for a dinner served on white-clad tables under the trees. About thirty graduates brought family with them. Members of the Civil Guard and Police Department were also invited guests.

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“Years of statistics show that he majority of our graduates return to their homes to lead productive, ethical and drug-free lives,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “We are very proud that our Spanish colleagues have helped so many fine people go back to their communities after Narconon helped them to recover from addictions to cocaine, heroin, marijuana or other drugs. We commend the staff of Narconon Mediterraneo and look forward to their future successes.”

Spain has for decades been the terminus for heroin being smuggled into Europe through the Balkans from Central Asia. Before the turn of the millennium Spain became conversely the European gateway for cocaine. Cannabis and hashish also use Spain to come in from North African countries.

narconon mediterraneo local officials In the South of Spain, Narconon Mediterraneo is Joined by Families and Supporters for a Celebration of Drug free LivesNarconon Mediterraneo took good advantage of this occasion to let its graduates voice the results of the staffs’ many years of work. And so Narconon graduates took to the stage to talk about their successes. A mother talked about what it was like to get her son back again, free from the addiction that had been destroying his life, and a daughter told a moving story of Narconon Mediterraneo helping her father recover from addiction.

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Then it was only fair to acknowledge some in the surrounding community who supported this challenging job. A member of the local police force and one of the Civil Guard were thanked for their support with engraved trophies. And all the Narconon Mediterraneo staff received medals for their individual years of service and dedication.

To learn more about the Narconon drug rehabilitation program that is offered at locations around the world, call 1-800-775-8750.

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Narconon International and Chestnut Health Systems Introduce Innovative, Practical Drug Rehab Outcome Monitoring System at National Drug Court Conference

routine outcome monitoring paper Narconon International and Chestnut Health Systems Introduce Innovative, Practical Drug Rehab Outcome Monitoring System at National Drug Court ConferenceDrug rehabilitation programs around the world have dedicated staff who do their utmost to help their patients recover. But knowing and being able to report the factual outcome of that treatment has long been a stumbling block that can impede internal correction efforts and even funding. Demands from supervisory bodies or grantors to provide followup results may prove too expensive and staff time-intensive for consistent compliance. Chestnut Health Systems teamed up with the Narconon drug rehabilitation network to develop a viable, effective solution—a method of ‘routine outcome monitoring.’

This solution was presented in workshop by Clark Carr of Narconon International, Marie Sternquist of Chestnut Global Partners, and Richard Lennox, Ph.D., senior scientist of Chestnut Health Systems, Inc., to the 20th Annual Training Conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) in Anaheim, California held at the end of May 2014.

eslov outcome study Narconon International and Chestnut Health Systems Introduce Innovative, Practical Drug Rehab Outcome Monitoring System at National Drug Court ConferenceFor the three-year period ending in 2007, a research team led by Dr. Lennox worked with Narconon Arrowhead, a large drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, to create and fine-tune the Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) procedure for collecting post-treatment sobriety and relapse rates as well as other important ‘quality of life’indicators among program graduates. Since so many community rehab programs are underfunded, the system needed to be simple enough that the staff training demands could be modest without sacrificing accuracy.

Guided by Ms. Sternquist, a 20-question standard telephone survey that sought answers to key indicators of healthy social and personal functionality was developed. Staff were trained in the procedures needed to cross-check graduate answers to verify the information, and determine when recidivism might be sufficient to require a return to the treatment facility.

Lennox noted to the workshop attendees that evaluation of the results collected through this system compared favorably with more expensive, more sophisticated systems. “It is fine to have detailed evidence gleaned from one good study,”said Lennox, “but most of you want to know how your treatment program is doing now, not five or ten years in the past. This ROM method helps you get continuing present time ‘snapshots’of how things are going.”

Joining the presenters at this conference was Clark Carr of Narconon International in Los Angeles. He explained to the audience that not only have the Narconon centers who piloted and/or are using this system benefitted by being able to perform internal corrections as a result, but also that the centers involved in the study had shown comparable low rates of relapse when the surveys were tabulated. Narconon Arrowhead and Narconon Eslov of Sweden, both of whom contributed to this project, gave partial credit for these good results to the standard Narconon practice of following up program graduates, coupled with the ROM survey procedure.

You can access the formal published paper on the ROM survey procedure at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3782393/ .

For further information on the Narconon program, visit www.narconon.org.

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Narconon Fights Ketamine Abuse with New Educational Booklet

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10 Things About Ketamine Booklet

In many locations around the world, the drug ketamine is endangering the health and even lives of young people, even though the drug is not often listed among commonly abused drugs. In Toronto and Vancouver, in US urban areas and in the UK and Southern Asia, the drug is frequently abused by those going to nightclubs or raves. In some areas, it’s popular to mix this drug with Ecstasy, a combination that is even more toxic.

Unfortunately, young people seldom take a careful look at the effects of the drugs they start to use. It would not take much research to determine that heavy ketamine abuse results in damage to the bladder as well as the threat of addiction and harm to one’s ability to think clearly.

“We prepared this booklet especially for our many friends across the US, Europe and Asia to help educate people on the danger of illness, pain and harm,” said Carr. “Both young people who might be tempted to use this drug and parents can get a greater understanding of the harm that is possible. With knowledge, they can escape physical and mental harm or help their children escape harm from ketamine abuse or addiction.”

Ketamine is a dissociative drug which means that it separates a person from his own thoughts and identity. At very high doses of this drug, a user descends into what is called the “k-hole” – a condition where a person is completely divorced from his body and surroundings. Some people consider this state desirable while it drives other people to panic attacks and anxiety.

While addiction to this drug develops somewhat slower than for other drugs, it is definitely addictive. And as a person is abusing the drug, it is eating away at the inside of his bladder. The pain of this injury can be severe, causing sharp, lasting pain after every urination. Ketamine use also poses a threat to one’s kidneys. When one’s bladder is dysfunctional, fluids can build up in the kidneys, resulting in kidney failure. Surgery may be required to remove the bladder and/or kidneys, meaning a catheter, dialysis or kidney transplant would be needed. Add to this the deaths from accidents like falls, burns or drownings that occur while a person is high on this drug and you have the measure of the danger of the drug.

The drug is primarily used as a veterinary anesthetic although there are limited uses for humans as well. The main source of the drug is diversion from veterinary sources.

Narconon offers this booklet as a free download on their website. It can be found here: http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/10-facts-about-ketamine.html.

“Our purpose is the prevention of drug abuse and addiction around the world,” added Carr. “With this new drug information, our hope is that many more people understand the harm that can come from this drug and avoid its use.”

For more information on this or other drugs or to find help recovering from addiction, call Narconon at 1-800-775-8750.

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Narconon Nepal expands delivery with a new Kathmandu Facility

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Basanta Kunwar with Nepal Deputy Prime Minister in front of the new Narconon drug rehab complex

In early May 2014, Narconon executives and staff welcomed a stellar list of national and local dignitaries to the grand opening of their new delivery facility in Kathmandu. In attendance at the Grand Opening were the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, the current and a former Police Chief of Kathmandu, former Army Chief General Rukmagat Katuwal, Narconon Nepal executive director Basanta Kunwar and hundreds of other dignitaries, friends and guests.

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Narconon students studying in the Academy of the new Red House facilities

The new building complex, dubbed “the Red House,” is designed for those at the beginning of their recoveries. This newly constructed complex provides facilities for admissions and intakes, both male and female, and has both accommodations and classrooms for the first few steps of their rehab programs. This is where those in recovery will be supported and supervised through their initial withdrawals and the first of the Narconon life skills courses. The supervisor for all services in this building is Basanta’s wife, Puja Kunwar.

When they complete these steps, students will transfer to the new 100-bed treatment facility located  an hour away on Hubbard Peak where they will complete the remaining steps of the Narconon drug rehab program under the care of Senior Case Supervisor Bibek Baniya.

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Kunwar demonstrates the Narconon use of vitamins and nutrients in its drug-free program

At this ceremony, Nepali Deputy Prime Minister commended Basanta Kunwar, saying that his effectiveness in helping the Nepalese overcome drug addiction “has made the nation proud.”

After a long history of service with the Nepali police and becoming the Supervisor of Police for Kathmandu, Kunwar realized that drug addiction was closely tied to many of the crimes he was fighting. He began to search for an effective way to help the drug addicts recover and so not return to crime. When he learned about the Narconon drug recovery technology, he realized he had discovered his solution. He founded a Narconon center in Kathmandu and recruited staff, many of whom have now been trained in the United States and England.

As he expanded his center over the next few years, he set his sights on providing a location where others from Central Asia could learn how to deliver this life-saving program. Narconon Nepal now encompasses four building complexes: the residential center at Hubbard Peak; the new Red House; the Stone House where anyone can learn about the Narconon Nepal program or its goals for saving lives throughout Asia; and the Green House, a center for the organization’s extensive drug education activities and dormitories for graduates who wish to stay and continue their studies. The Green House is under the direction of Mr. Animesh Singh.

Kunwar has recently expanded their rehabilitation services to the Nepali prison system by offering inmates the sister program to Narconon, Criminon. Criminon uses similar techniques and life skills training to help rehabilitate those who are incarcerated. A Criminon graduate shared his success at the inauguration ceremony and asked the Prime Minister to expand this program throughout the country.

“This is our great purpose”, Basanta Kunwar told his guests, “to reach out and take responsibility for reducing the drug problem not just for Nepal but for all of Central Asia. Please help us accomplish this high goal.”

For more information on the international Narconon program, please visit www.narconon.org.

 

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Narconon Drug Rehab in Macedonia Celebrates Ten Years Saving Lives

With graduates, friends and neighbors in attendance, Narconon Macedonia staff shared the joy of completing a full decade of saving lives from addiction. This drug rehab center near Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, was founded by Borce Mircevski in April 2004 after he had spent years fighting drug abuse from a different perspective.

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Narconon Balkan Drug Rehab Center in Macedonia

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Attendees arrive for the anniversary celebration.

Mircevski’s years formerly as an anti-drug agent proved to him that another kind of help was needed for the addicted. Arresting and incarcerating them was not solving the problem. It was only making people worse.

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Borce addressing the guest at the anniversary event

When he found the Narconon program in July 2003, he knew he had his solution. He realized that this long-term program that emphasized healthy detoxification and strong life skills could build long-lasting sobriety even in the most addicted people. It took about nine months for him to train staff and open the doors of Narconon Balkan in Macedonia. At that point, people began arriving from Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and of course, Macedonia to recover from the devastation of addiction.

“Borce has shown himself to have strong convictions and an equally powerful desire to help others,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “We are very proud of Borce and his staff, and their center’s expansion over the last ten years. We wish them the greatest success in the future.”

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A staff member recognized for their contribution and dedication.

A long table of refreshments, a brightly colored cake, music, speeches and awards marked the anniversary event, held on the sunny patio outside the rehab facility. Those who have worked hard for many years were recognized for their support.

Macedonia is located on one of the primary drug trafficking routes used by those who traffic heroin from Afghanistan to distribution points in Northern Europe. With drug shipments pass through the Balkans countries, it was predictable that many Macedonians would end up addicted. Statistically, marijuana addiction is the worst, but also heroin. This was the situation that Mircevski decided to help by opening Narconon Balkan, the only Narconon center on this peninsula.

For more information on Narconon centers around the world or Narconon Balkan, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit www.narconon.org.

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Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Women’s Center

narconon tijuana womens center opening Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Womens CenterIt’s been seventeen months since Narconon Tijuana began officially delivering addiction recovery services to men in Baja California. In April 2014, those services were for the first time made available to woman who have lost their way to drug or alcohol abuse.

Narconon Tijuana offers these services in a beautiful residential facility that is operated in liaison with the Archdiocese of Tijuana. In the very early days, the first male students in recovery helped build the center while they pursued their own Narconon program studies, supervised by Narconon International staff. Some of those who completed the program stayed on to train up to become Narconon staff the new center when it opened.

narconon tijuana womens center Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Womens CenterThe friendly connection between the Catholic Church and the Narconon recovery technology makes this center somewhat unique. The center’s executive director Jorge Loaiza said, “Narconon Tijuana is different. It’s a ‘Catholic’ Narconon.  In preparation for this, we have had two Sisters from the Samaritan Order in training since the beginning of this year.”

The two nuns, Samaritans of Jesus and Mary of Guadalupe, have been learning to deliver the eight-step rehab program. They also provide spiritual counsel to those who may be struggling along the road from addicted to sober. Sister Angelica explained, “These Narconon staff training courses have given us the ability to learn about and better understand addicted persons. It is really helping us to serve our community.”

Her colleague Sister Veronica clarified their role in the rehab program. “As religious Samaritans, we pray for the inner salvation of persons,” she said. “But with these new Narconon tools we are learning to help women not just in the spiritual area, but physically as well.”

The two Sisters sometimes meet with the women in the prayer space of the drug rehab facility, an action that Loaiza said, “has benefited them very much. It is easier to work with them. They seem more at ease.”

narconon tijuana road race Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Womens CenterThe opening was celebrated with a variety of festivities, including a staff-student (and Sisters) basketball tournament the night before, and a race through the neighborhood, complete with tossed powder paint and water by laughing observers. There were prizes for children and a drug education lecture from a young man, similar to those lectures Narconon Tijuana delivers in area schools.

There’s no part of the world where addiction overlooks women. Sadly, around the world, the percentage of women that receive treatment is much lower than men. Now in Tijuana, women can get Narconon help as well as men. “The role of women in society is very sensitive,”said president at Narconon Tijuana Padre Jaime Lares to the gathering of friends. “When a woman injures herself in drug addiction, the harm is much greater as children are in her care. So when we help women recover, we work for the future.”

For more information on Narconon Tijuana, please visit espanol.narconon.org or, if you know someone who needs help, call 1-800-775-8750 in English, or to speak to someone in Spanish call 1-800-210-3060.

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