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Church of Scientology Sponsored Drug Education Seminars Aim to Stem the Tide of Addiction at Foundation for a Drug-Free World

July 19, 2018

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Utilizing facts from their award winning educational program, the Foundation for a Drug Free World of Florida is presenting free seminars every Wednesday night at their center in downtown Clearwater. The Foundation is located at 41 N. Ft. Harrison Ave and the seminars start at 7pm. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be served.

“Every 32 hours in Pinellas County, someone dies of a drug overdose, the majority of these deaths are due to the abuse of prescription pain medication,” said Julieta Santagostino, the President of the Foundation. “This has got to stop. People think that because a drug is from a prescription that means the drug is safe. That isn’t always the case. Education is a basic tool to help people make informed decisions.”

“That’s probably the number one reason why I started doing drugs in the first place. I just didn’t know,” said a former addict who is interviewed as a part of the Truth About Drugs documentary film.

The weekly seminars last an hour and include public service announcements, educational booklets and excerpts from the Truth About Drugs documentary.

The documentary focuses on the most popularly abused drugs, explaining what the drugs are and what they do to a person physically and mentally. Former addicts were interviewed and talk candidly about their experiences. One summarized his experience by saying “You know, when I was 12 years old I never said to myself that I wanted to be 24 and in rehab. I never said that to myself. But that is what became true. I never thought about that when I was a 13 year-old smoking pot.”

Seminar topics have included alcohol, marijuana, opioids, how to talk to your kids about drugs and why people start to take drugs.

Free parking is available at the nearby Garden Ave Garage and on the streets around the Foundation.

For more information, please call (727) 467-6962.

ABOUT DRUG FREE WORLD:

Referring to the devastating impact of drugs on society, author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.” The Foundation for a Drug Free World is a secular drug education program supported by the Church of Scientology and Scientologists the world over. The Church and its members are dedicated to eradicating drug abuse through education and invite the participation of all who share the goal of a drug-free world.

Contact: Stephanie Klimke(727) 467-6962

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