Narconon centers worldwide participate in 2012 UN Day Against Drugs
In 5 countries, Narconon drug rehab and prevention centers march and speak out on the UNODC anti-drug day.
For the fifth year in a row, Narconon centers across the U.S., in Mexico, Nepal, Kenya, Ghana, and other countries took part in public drug prevention events celebrating the UNODC International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.
Clark Carr, president of Narconon International in Los Angeles said, “We are proud of this humanitarian outreach our creative staffs organize for and with kids around the world. Whether in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, a rarely visited part of Uganda, or somewhere in the U.S., we can count on Narconon staff to reach out and involve schools and local government to forward drug-free messages.”
As one example of a Narconon UN Day event, in Mazatlan, which has been a violent hotspot in the drug cartel war throughout this last year, Francisco Lozano and other local drug rehab directors, members of the national Narconon First Step network, organized a Say No to Drugs march along the long beachfront avenue. Sporting colorful t-shirts and banners were 200 children and adults from Nexahautacoyotl Primary School, firemen, teachers and criminology students from the Politecnica Nacional University, and even the Forensic Chemist from the Attorney Generals Office. The strong turnout and pro-peace message brought out media. Speaking to local press, TV, and radio, Francisco “Pancho” Lozano commented, “We all love our children, but all year they get nasty images of murder and mayhem. It is important we provide them also with strong messages about ethics and living drug-free.” As part of this message, the children in the march were given thousands of The Way to Happiness booklets to hand out to public. The Way to Happiness is a common sense guide to better life choices and is used by the nearly 200 Narconon First Step groups now throughout Mexico.
Across the world, in the Apac District of Uganda, Nelson Nuwahereza of Narconon Uganda Drug Education organized his own children’s march, also delivering drug prevention talks to the youth. District Health Inspector Mr. Faluku Sebastian attended and praised Narconon and Nelson for helping youth in a part of Uganda which receives not enough such social support.
There were also UN Day Narconon events in Nepal and Ghana and across Europe.
Back in the United States, Narconon South Texas down in Harlingen on the border with Matamoros, Mexico held a large educational event on 26 June, attended by 73 youth and 33 adults. The youth were from juvenile detention and rehab and half way houses. The adults included, besides Joseph Sauceda from Narconon, speakers from the Harlingen Police Dept, the Border Patrol, the Texas Joint Counter Task Force and United Narcotics Intelligence Task Force (Sergeant Rodriguez speaking), and the Harlingen Outreach Center.
“The majority of youth around the world want to stay away from drugs and stay out of crime,” said Carr. “Those are the ones we reach out to along with so many others around the world on this anti-drug, anti-drug crime day sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.”
‘Say no to drugs, say yes to life’ is a simple phrase, but a profound concept. We could all benefit by finding time to tell our children this — over and over and over.
For more information on Narconon International’s drug education and prevention work worldwide visit www.narconon.org.