A group of volunteers from the Copenhagen chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World affiliated with Scientology took part in a significant community health fair. Their initiative titled “Say No to Drugs” coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day.
According to Ivan Arjona Pelado, President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs, Scientologists are actively engaged in actions throughout the year and do not take International Overdose Awareness Day lightly.
According to the article, published by The European Times, International Overdose Awareness Day originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2001 by Sally J. Finn after she tragically lost her son James to a heroin overdose. This global event aims to raise awareness about overdoses and reduce the stigma surrounding drug-related deaths through activities such as vigils, debates and memorials.
However, for Scientologists combating addiction is a battle. They established their Narconon drug rehab centre back in 1966 and have since opened many more centres worldwide. Their prevention campaign extends across the globe.
The outreach efforts undertaken by the Copenhagen volunteers specifically target educating people about substance abuse—a growing epidemic, in Denmark.
Volunteers invited families attending the fair to participate in a fundraising activity resembling a “roulette wheel.” They aimed to raise donations while also raising awareness about the dangers of drug use and its impact on one’s life.
Recent reports indicate that opioid addiction has become alarmingly widespread among teenagers with many struggling to function without relying on pills. Experts are deeply concerned about how this addiction crisis could jeopardize Denmark’s stability and overall well-being.
The dedicated volunteers are determined to disseminate information about the risks associated with drug abuse before irreversible harm occurs. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is actively involved in this effort providing educational resources in 20 different languages.
Recognizing the effects of drug abuse on society L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, emphasized the importance of addressing this issue. The Scientology church in Copenhagen is actively engaged in promoting outreach initiatives. Through platforms like the Scientology Network their work is showcased on a global scale in 17 languages.
Arjona Pelado stated, “In communities around the world grappling with substance abuse issues volunteers from Scientology are collaborating with members of religious backgrounds such, as Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs Muslims and others. Together they aim to provide information, education and practical solutions.”