News.Narconon.org 2011 Part 4
Narconon Centers Plan to Support UN Day Against Drugs with Matching Events
Taking advantage of the United Nations International Day Against Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, many Narconon centers are holding their own events to support UN Day Aganist Drugs. In Italy, Narconon Gabbiano will combine this event with their anniversary celebration; in Nigeria, there will be special drug education classes held; in Cape Town, drug education classes will be held in a Dutch Reform Church.
In South Texas, and Northern and Southern California, drug education events will be held in several communities. In Mexico, staff and volunteers of groups using the Narconon technology will hand out the common sense moral code booklet The Way to Happiness at the beach. There’s more events in Russia, Scandinavia and Canada.
Around the World, Anti-Drug Messages Go Out from Narconon Centers
In a simultaneous show of anti-drug solidarity, Narconon centers held events in support of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In Southern Italy, the mayor dedicated a local plaza to L. Ron Hubbard, the man who developed the Narconon technology. In Terni, Italy, colorful drummers accompanied the anti-drug message. A new Narconon center was dedicated in Hungary. More drug education classes were held in Uganda after a march through town. And many people who walked along the beaches in Mexico to hand out anti-drug, pro-life materials.
Young Celeb, Star of Jackass Movies, Dies While Alcohol-Impaired
Ryan Dunn, 34, was willing to take just about any risk and film it so others could be entertained. But in July 2011, after a weekend of partying, he killed himself and a friend when his car crashed and burned. Mr. Dunn had a blood alcohol concentration twice the legal limit for driving. Ryan Dunn’s death illustrates the way that alcohol not only makes a person drunk but also shuts down good judgment. This is why a person may get behind the wheel when he is in no shape to drive.
Betty Ford, Leader in Establishing Drug Rehab Facilities, Dies in July 2011
Narconon president Clark Carr honored the passing of Betty Ford by commending her for her courage and openness about her addiction. After Betty overcame her own addiction in 1977, she set about to open the Betty Ford Center to help other people find recovery. She always reserved half the beds for women, and many celebrities came there for help with addiction. Mr. Carr remarked that Narconon owed her a debt of gratitude and pledged to continue to fight addiction.
Synthetic Marijuana Presents a New Threat, But Dealers Claim it’s Legal
Synthetic marijuana began to be seen in more convenience stores and head shops around the country, more problems began to show up as a result of its use. But people selling it continued to claim that this new drug was legal. In fact, this is not just one drug that is being labeled as K2 or Spice, brand names for synthetic marijuana. It could be one of several. They are said to mimic the action of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, but deaths and suicides have resulted from the use of these drugs. No matter how much chemists try to alter the formula and say that the resulting drug is legal, these substances will still be deadly.
Amy Winehouse Loses Her Battle with Drugs and Alcohol
In July 2011, Amy Winehouse lost the battle to maintain health and happiness when she was found dead in her London home. For several years, she had been in and out of rehabs, appearing scrawny and haggard sometimes and healthier at other times. Her addictions finally caught up with her performing, and while her early work was rich and sensuous, her last performances were incoherent. At the end, she was not even able to sing or hold onto a microphone. Narconon spokesperson and drug prevention specialist Bobby Wiggins mourned the loss.
Families Are Advised, Don’t Wait for an Alcoholic to Hit Bottom!
A quick review of several alcohol-related deaths proved that waiting for an alcoholic to “hit bottom” and thus ask for alcohol rehab may be a bad idea. Recent alcohol-related deaths included Amy Winehouse, musician Gerry Rafferty, lead singer Jani Lane and US Representative Charlie Wilson. All recently died after many years spent being or fighting being alcoholics. But these are just a few of the more than two million alcohol-related deaths that are reported to occur each year, according to the World Health Organization. Bobby Wiggins of Narconon International stated that when an alcoholic will not reach out for help, the family does not have to wait. With the help of a professional interventionist, an alcoholic can get help before a fatal accident has time to occur or before the damage to mind and body are irreparable.
Major Cocaine Traffickers Taken Out of Circulation
In August 2011, a group of major cocaine traffickers based on the Pacific coast of Colombia were finally taken out of the drug-trafficking game. The group called Los Rastrojos worked with Mexican drug cartels to ship tons of cocaine at a time to the United States, Mexico and other countries. They were accused of moving more than 25,000 kilograms of drugs. These drugs fed the appetites of the 16 million people who use cocaine each year. Narconon spokesperson Bobby Wiggins praised the Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to curb drug trafficking.
Modified Laws Mean the Release of Many Jailed Unfairly for Cocaine Offenses, But Can They Stay Drug-Free?
As many as 12,000 people were slated for release when Congress changed the mandatory sentencing laws related to crack cocaine possession. In a panicked reaction to crime associated with crack cocaine in the mid 1980s, sentences for crack cocaine possession were set at 100 times the severity of powder cocaine. As this law changes, there could be 12,000 people returned to families. Narconon spokesperson Bobby Wiggins warned that these people may need to receive effective addiction treatment, even though they have been jailed for many years. Stored drug residues that are difficult to remove from the body contribute to persistent cravings but the Narconon rehab program’s detoxification phase offers a solution.