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Drug Trafficking Into Arizona Brings Kidnapping And Violence With It

Every time law enforcement gains an advantage over drug cartels bringing their loads over the border into the U.S., the cartels adapt to the pressure and change their tactics. In previous decades, drug cartels used Miami, Tijuana and El Paso as portals for their drug smuggling. The last few years, the Arizona border has been the target of cartels. Wide-open deserts and remote Native American reservations have been some of the primary channels used for the movement of tons of drugs.

But along with the drugs, Arizona and, in particular, Phoenix have inherited other crimes. Some law enforcement bodies report that Phoenix is experiencing an average of one kidnapping a day. In the whole world, only Mexico City has more kidnappings.

The kidnappings relate to drug debts that have not been paid and other drug-smuggling offenses. They also relate to the trafficking of humans that has followed the path of drug smuggling.

The people doing the drug smuggling and the human trafficking have one terrible characteristic in common: they are criminals willing to use any level of violence to achieve their aims.

The volume of drugs and illegal immigrants coming across the border is staggering. Border Patrol agents in Arizona alone arrest an average of 900 illegal immigrants a day. And last year, they seized 1.2 million pounds of marijuana – more than a ton and a half every day.

In Arizona, we have the situation of the drug war in Mexico spilling over into the United States. It is not something we can ignore. Demand reduction through effective rehabilitation and drug education is an essential component to ending this dangerous and violent situation.

This article is brought to you by Narconon International. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to the elimination of drug addiction through the Narconon drug rehab program and drug education.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program brings about a lower demand for drugs by enabling its graduates to live a drug-free life after graduation. Further, the Narconon drug education curriculum has been proven to lower drug use statistics among students who attend the classes. For more information, see our video http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon?blend=1&ob=5#p/u/6/AlkKeOO-nTo.

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Kingdom Day Parade Is Served by Mentors Helping Youth Be Creative and Drug-Free

Ready to get the word out that “Drugs Ruin Creativity,” skateboarders, breakdancers and mentors gather before the Kingdom Day commemorative parade. (far left) Ms. Teddy Chambers, executive director for Narconon Professional Drug Prevention; Curtis O. Porter, Director of the Youth Development Division of the Family and Youth Services Bureau of Health and U.S. and Human Services Department; Dr. Tina Robinson, executive coordinator of the Southern California Foster Care Mentoring Network; (5th from left) Heidi Lemmon, President of the National Skateboard Association; (center) Man One, founder and owner of Crewest Gallery; (far right) Fresh, original member the LA Breakers break dance crew.

“Strong Support from Narconon Helps Youth Spread the Word that “Drugs Ruin Creativity”

The 25th Anniversary 2011 Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an emphasis on service. That service took the form of teens and their mentors getting out the word that Dr. King’s dream needs the creative drug-free energy of youth to be realized.

Narconon Professional Drug Prevention (NPDP) specializing in drug prevention training, Narconon® Western United States, both LA-based organizations of Narconon International, Southern California Foster Care Mentoring Network and the National Alliance of Faith and Justice headquartered in Washington, D.C., sponsored the anti-drug banners in the televised 2-mile parade that commemorates Dr. King’s date of birth.

Accompanying them skateboarders and break dancers entertained the crowd with their skilled moves. They wore original design tee-shirts that declared “Drugs ruin creativity.” The design was created by 23-year-old artist, Jose Quevedo, who took top prize in an anti-drug black Sharpie graffiti art battle sponsored by NPDP at the popular Crewest Gallery in downtown LA. “Drugs ruin creativity,” is the title of an article in the booklet, 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs, published by Narconon.

Curtis O. Porter, from the Youth Services Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services announced the shirt will be displayed in his Washington, D.C., office to exemplify positive youth service. As Director of the Youth Development Division of Family and Youth Services, Mr. Porter administers two of the nation’s most important youth mentoring programs. He attended the parade to congratulate the sponsored mentors and meet some of their youth. He encouraged the work the mentors do to help kids stay off drugs, remain in school and strive to make the dream of Dr. King a reality.

Heidi Lemmon is a co-founder of Venice Boarding School, which appeals to students’ love of skate boarding to keep them on an academic path. She is President of the National Skateboard Association. Man One is founder and owner of Crewest Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. He has trained dozens of young artists to help them seek a career using their talents. Fresh, has built a dance organization called the LA Breakers that has mentoring as a core element to keep kids drug-free and healthy.“It is a real honor to work with people who care enough to give of their time to guide our youth into drug-free productive lives,” said Chambers.

For more information about the Narconon program and rehabilitation call 1 800-775-8750 or visit http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon?blend=1&ob=5#p/u/2/5lpK2v_kitA.

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Narconon Spokesperson Warns, “When Mothers Breastfeed, It’s A Critical Time To Get Off Addictive Drugs”

Just because an addicted woman has a baby does not mean her cravings go away. In fact, the stress of trying to care for an infant may cause her to seek the relief that drugs might seem to offer her. But while her body may be able to tolerate the drugs, if she is nursing, she could be causing harm to her newborn and even risking killing him or her.

Most illicit drugs wind up in breast milk in varying quantities. Cocaine in particular presents a risk to infants because it stays in their bodies much longer than it does in the mother’s body. If a mother uses cocaine repetitively, then the baby may die of an overdose as the dosage accumulates in the small body. In a Michigan case, a woman used cocaine two or three times one day and then breastfed her five-month-old baby. The medical examiner said that the baby died of cocaine intoxication.

“It could be said that the time that a woman is pregnant or nursing are the most important times in her life to live a clean and sober lifestyle,” commented Bobby Wiggins, spokesperson for Narconon drug rehab and education. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to the elimination of drug addiction through drug rehabilitation and drug education. “During this time, a woman harms someone other than herself with her drug use: her helpless newborn or the baby growing inside her. Family members around a pregnant or nursing woman who suffers from addiction must pull out all the stops to get her the help she needs to stop using drugs.”

Methamphetamine is another killer drug when administered via breast milk. In the last several years, one mother in Georgia and two mothers in California have been jailed for killing their babies with methamphetamine.

“A mother with a young child, addiction to illicit drugs – this is a dangerous combination,” added Wiggins. “We owe it to our youngest citizens to eliminate addiction by providing effective drug rehabilitation. At Narconon centers around the world, seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home, meaning there are more alert, capable mothers returned to their children after they have been to Narconon.”

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Substance Abuse Proves To Be A Growing Factor In Women’s Incarceration, Notes Narconon Spokesperson

America’s War on Drugs has resulted in a disproportionately large number of women being incarcerated for drug-related offenses.

The war on drugs looked like good idea at the time but no one foresaw its harsh effects on women in America.

In the early 1980s, laws intended to fight the increase of drug trafficking into the U.S. and the spread of cocaine addiction changed the way drug offenders were sentenced. But one of the unexpected results of this change was that the number of women being incarcerated for drug-related offenses shot up dramatically.

Over a thirteen-year period starting in 1986, the ratio of women serving time for a drug-related offense rose from 1 in 8 women to 1 in 3 women. Nationwide, the total number of women incarcerated for drug offenses increased an incredible 888 percent over this time. At the same time, the number of women incarcerated for other offenses rose only 129 percent.

As women are most often the primary caregivers for the next generation, it becomes particularly important that they find a solution to a substance abuse problem or addiction that could end up sending them to jail or prison. It’s well known that the only outcomes of addiction are sobriety, prison or death. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program offers drug recovery programs to both women and men in more than one hundred locations around the world.

By 2008, about half of women confined in state prisons reported that they had been using alcohol, drugs or both at the time of the crime for which they were arrested. And about half of these women admitted that they were daily users of drugs or alcohol. About a third of these women committed the crime that sent them to prison so they could get money for drugs or alcohol.

When women find their way to one of the Narconon facilities, they find a program that enables them to learn new life skills to replace the ones that addiction may have destroyed. Improved communication skills, a restoration of personal integrity and values, and a retraining in morals feature in this long-term drug treatment program. As a result, women and men alike are able to stay clean and sober in seven out of ten cases, after graduation from the Narconon drug program.

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Just What We Don’t Need: Another New Drug Slipped through a “Legal” Loophole, Reports Narconon Spokesperson

It’s not like we don’t have enough trouble with the illicit drugs currently on the market: heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy and others are bad enough. A new substance has hit the market in the last year, promoted as “legal,” and “providing the same high as marijuana.”

A year ago, most law enforcement offices had never heard of “Spice,” as this marijuana substitute was called. But as time went on, more hospitals were seeing cases of seizures and hallucinations resulting from use of the substance. And more people were turning up dependent on the drug. Still, none of the ingredients were illegal so law enforcement had no action they could take.

On November 24, 2010, the DEA announced that it was using its emergency powers to ban the five chemicals that were key to its manufacture. For one year, anyone possessing these chemicals without specific authorization will be subject to arrest. This will give U.S. government agencies time to determine Spice’s addictiveness and hazards.

“People who develop these synthetic drugs care nothing about the individuals they may harm by doing so,” stated Bobby Wiggins, spokesperson for Narconon®, an international organization fighting substance abuse and addiction through drug and alcohol rehabilitation. “There’s no tests to determine potential harm to someone who uses the drug. If they can promise a high similar to something a drug user already knows about and they can also claim it’s legal, these manufacturers can really make a killing.”

It’s not hard to understand the forces that drove some industrious individuals to develop this alternative to marijuana. Since 1996, the number of Americans using illicit drugs increased from 13 million to nearly 22 million in 2009. The largest drug of abuse is marijuana, with more than 16 million people using the drug every month. Any manufacturer who can put a cheap chemical substitute on the market has millions of potential users.

Spice, also known as “K2,” “Blaze” and “Red X Dawn” has been sold online, in head shops and a variety of retail outlets. Sometimes the packaging identifies the contents as incense.

Unfortunately, one of the effects of this action by the DEA will be to drive this trade underground. When a family finds that one of their members, young or old, is using Spice and can’t quit on their own, they need to act immediately. By helping the drug abuser or addict find a drug recovery service right away, they could save their loved one from arrest, damage to their health or even death from a seizure or accident. At the very least, they will help their loved ones lead drug-free, productive lives again, if the rehabilitation service has been proven effective.

At Narconon centers across the U.S. and around the world, addicts find lasting recovery in seven out of ten cases. Get more information about the Narconon drug rehabilitation program by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon#p/u/0/AlkKeOO-nTo.

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Death of Newborn Illustrates That Addiction Kills More than Just Addicts, Explains Narconon Director

Little Maggie May never saw her first Thanksgiving or her first Christmas. She died after being added to a washing machine with a load of clothes – by Lindsey Fiddler, her drug-addled mother.

On November 4, 2010, Maggie’s great-aunt noticed that Lindsey passed out on the couch without having the baby anywhere around her. She went looking for the ten-day-old baby. Understandably, the washing machine was not the first place she looked. By the time she located the baby in the washer, the infant was dead. The mother is now in jail, awaiting trial.

According to the great-aunt, Lindsey had been up for days, probably using meth. When police questioned the mother, she said she didn’t know how the baby got into the washer and that she didn’t use meth any more. But a toxicology scan showed that she tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, benzodiazepine and opiates.

Those who don’t abuse drugs and have never been addicted may not be able to grasp how this could happen. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to eliminating addiction through effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation and drug prevention services. But someone who is on four different drugs like these is going to be hugely out of touch with reality. Who knows what her perceptions were like? All we know is that they were terrible enough to result in the death of a beautiful child.

Unfortunately, Maggie’s story is far from the only one of its kind. Hundreds of thousands of children suffer neglect, injury or death at the hands of substance abusing parents. One survey stated that substance abuse was involved in 75 percent of all foster home placements.

The answer is drug rehabilitation that works, that enables a parent to live a drug-free, productive life. Of parents who come to Narconon drug rehab centers around the world to recover from addiction, seven out of ten stay clean and sober after they get home. This means hundreds of children who have the opportunity to live safely in their own homes again.

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Eliminating Alcohol Abuse Can Alleviate a Long List of Social Ills, Reports Narconon Spokesperson

In 2005, the World Health Organization published a comprehensive summary of the world’s social burdens that result from alcohol abuse. The list was long and the conditions suffered in greater proportion by alcohol consumers were serious and often life-threatening.

Overall, the WHO reported that 4 percent of disease and 3.2 percent of all deaths around the world were attributed to alcohol. In developed countries, alcohol was the third most common risk to health.

There is every reason to eliminate alcohol dependence or abuse and no reason to allow it to go on. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to the elimination of addiction to both alcohol and drugs. Narconon offers drug rehabilitation and drug education at its more than 100 centers around the world.

The list of the conditions stated by the WHO as being caused by or worsened by alcohol abuse, dependence or addiction:

Cancers of the mouth (lip, tongue), pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, colon, ovaries and liver.
Cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.
Hypertension (especially related to heavy drinking).
Haemorrhagic stroke even at low levels of drinking.
Liver cirrhosis.
Prenatal exposure results in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders including physical deformities and mental retardation.
Spontaneous abortion, low birth weight and prematurity.
Injury due to falls, fires or traffic accidents.
Self-inflicted injuries.
Injury from alcohol-related violence or sexual assault.
Risky sexual behavior resulting in sexually transmitted disease or unwanted pregnancy.
Additionally, some studies show a causal relationship to female breast cancer.

Around the world, people in nearly every country are experiencing harm from the abuse of alcohol. Simply eliminating the compulsion to drink would save more than a million lives every year and even more serious health conditions that don’t result in death.

But what is needed to alleviate these ills is an effective alcohol rehabilitation program, one that results in long-term sobriety after completion. Unfortunately, the stated success rate for many drug or alcohol rehabs is only 10 to 20 percent.

The Narconon program administered in recovery centers around the world enables seven out of ten graduates to stay clean and sober after they go home. With that much success, many of these injuries, illnesses and causes of death don’t have to be the fate of those who were formerly addicted to beer, wine, whiskey, vodka and other types of hard liquor.

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College Students Need to be Educated on Problems Related to Alcohol Abuse, Warns Narconon Director

When America’s young people go off to college, this is supposed to be the start of their adult lives and their careers. These young people should be getting educations that enable them to be the doctors, teachers, architects, software designers and engineers of our future.

What lies ahead for many of them is more than only classes, textbooks and exams. For many of them, years of alcohol street and prescription drug abuse will waste their talents and energies and impair their ability to get an education. Thousands of them will suffer injury, abuse or assaults related to alcohol or drug abuse. And too many will die.

A comprehensive report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse states that half of America’s college students binge drink and abuse prescription and illegal drugs. Just what is binge drinking? It’s the consumption of five drinks in one sitting for a man and four drinks in one sitting for a female. Essentially, it’s drinking to get drunk or at least buzzed. Unfortunately, the culture on most of our college and university campuses not only condones this behavior, it encourages and enables it.

These students are at high risk for developing dependence on or addiction to the substances they are abusing. It’s common for college students to feel like they can handle heavy or frequent drinking in school. But in nearly every case, these young adults are poorly equipped to make judgments about how much is too much or to know when they have crossed the line to dependence. Few of them have any education on the hazards that can show up in a drunken party, for example.

The hazards can be disastrous. Every year, one hundred thousand women are victims of sexual assault or rape, related to alcohol abuse. Nearly three-quarters of a million students are injured in alcohol-related accidents. And 2,000 students die from alcohol poisoning or alcohol-related accidents or violence.

The media runs stories of deaths and injury from alcohol poisoning all too frequently. Like the story of Benjamin Harris at the University of Idaho who consumed as many as 15 shots on the night he turned 21. In July 2010, he was found unconscious at his fraternity and died before he could be gotten to a hospital.

And in August 2010 in Dallas, Texas, two girls who had participated in pledging activities at sororities were found passed out in their dorms. Both had to be treated for alcohol poisoning.

Heavy alcohol consumption has no more place in a college education than it has in any productive life. It’s up to parents to educate their children on substance abuse, particularly alcohol and prescription drugs. Open and honest communication about the problems that can result are essential in helping a young adult develop judgment.

It’s not something that colleges want to advertise that some of their students detour through a drug rehab before they can graduate. Many of them have made their ways to a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. When they graduate from this program, seven out of ten go on to live clean and sober lives.

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Narconon Calls For Anti-Drug Messages To Counter On-Air Marijuana Smoking

Last week, Zach Galifianakis, star of the new movie “Due Date,” startled his interviewer and fellow guests on Real Time with Bill Maher by pulling out what he said was a joint and lighting up. In a later interview, Bill Maher denied that Zach had been smoking real marijuana. It hardly matters. The communication behind the action is crystal clear. It says “Marijuana smoking is acceptable.” It tells young people “Go ahead and smoke it.” This was all part of the brouhaha surround the debate over California’s referendum to legalize marijuana, which is neither here nor there. This article is not about legalization.

Narconon Calls For Anti-Drug Messages To Counter On-Air Marijuana Smoking

The fact is that as irresponsible as the act itself would be to let that communication hang in the air, unanswered. For that reason, Narconon International senior drug educator Bobby Wiggins calls for parents to respond to this TV gimmick by actually talking to their children about drug abuse and the real-life problems it can create. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to preventing drug and alcohol abuse and to helping those who have become addicted recover fully.

“It’s not enough for parents just to tell their children they should abstain from drugs,” said Wiggins. “They’ve got to be real with them. The truth is that marijuana use itself creates its own damage and is itself addictive. The dealer trying to sell a teenager an ounce of marijuana is sure not going to be the one to tell the kid, so it’s got to be the parents.”

The National Center on Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) provides annual reports on the state of substance abuse among America’s young people. These reports completely support the idea that the best route to success is drug-free and alcohol-free. Their reports state that about half of students who drop out of school either themselves have been involved with alcohol and/or other drug use or they have parents who are substance abusers. CASA’s research also indicates that young people who abuse drugs or alcohol have lower grades and higher rates of suspension or expulsion. They are less likely to graduate from high school or college.

But don’t expect the noisy advocates of marijuana legalization or decriminalization to admit any of this. For the record, Narconon does not take a political stand on this issue…because it’s a red herring. What is important is demand reduction – effective drug rehabilitation and effective drug education.

“For decades, Narconon has taught volunteers in the U.S.and dozens of other countries how to educate children to think more responsibly about drug use,” stated Wiggins. “We emphasize giving students real information they can use to make drug-free decisions on their own. Our method of drug education has been studied and demonstrated to reduce drug use by those students who receive the curriculum. The only safe amount of illicit drug use is none at all, period.”

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Narconon Egypt Announces Graduate from Nigeria

Mabruka came into the Narconon drug rehabilitation program in Cairo Egypt as what he describes “a mess of a human being.” He had struggled with addiction for many years lying to himself while thinking deep down he would never be able to get out of the trap caused by drug abuse.

“I was deader than alive and numb” he says in a recent interview.

One day Mabruka was able to enroll in Narconon Egypt where he was able to complete each of the eight steps of the residential treatment provided through Narconon.

“The Narconon program has taught me how to live again and Narconon has restored my faith in myself and given me peace stability that can only be dreamt of” he explains. “The books are amazing as well and the sauna. It was the best thing for me. I have my health back and my body is alive again being in control of my life.”

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been saving lives worldwide from the destruction of drug and alcohol addiction since the 1960s. The program was started by a man named William Benitez a habitual criminal and heroin addict who was searching for a solution to his own addiction from behind the walls of the Arizona State Penitentiary in 1964. Benitez came upon a book American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard that helped him permanently recover from addiction and he then used what he learned to help others struggling with substance abuse. Today Narconon operates more than 150 drug treatment centers in 40 different countries. One of the newest locations is Narconon Egypt.

Narconon Egypt’s center is located in Mokattam City – a quiet suburb in Cairo situated away from pollution and noise and an ideal environment for anyone addicted to start the rehabilitation process. Their mission is to eradicate the problem of drug and alcohol abuse in their region through effective rehabilitation and education. The center promises many more graduates such as Mabruka.

“[Since completing Narconon] no longer do the chemicals of evil men call my name or haunt my dreams. No longer do I fear or hate or have to hide” says Mabruka. “Words are not enough. I will forever spread the word of Narconon Egypt and the people who absolutely perform miracles every day. The Narconon program is truly a miracle but this miracle can be explained.” To learn more about Narconon please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon#p/u/5/jYnrLTGvsRU.

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Narconon International Urges Rehabilitation Centers To Get The Word Out To The Public

It is officially acknowledged by health authorities in the US that overdoses on prescription drugs have passed up the traditional killers, heroin and cocaine. One of the drugs most responsible for this is an opiate derivative called, fentanyl. It is manufactured under many names, including Actiq, Duragesic, Durogesic, Fentora, Instanyl, and Sublimaze.

Narconon International Urges Rehabilitation Centers To Get The Word Out To The Public

The synthetic opiate is prescribed for patients who are in constant pain, or who are suffering break-through pain (sudden flare ups of pain that occur despite pain medications already administered), for chronic conditions or the effects of chemotherapy. It comes in many forms: patches worn on the skin, lozenges or“lollipops” and injectable forms.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath, which monitors health worker-related drug abuse, warns that “Fentanyl depresses central nervous system and respiratory function. Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal. Fentanyl is estimated to be 100 times as potent as morphine and many of times more potent than heroin. It is a drug of abuse.”

One of the reasons the drug is extremely dangerous is because it has a short-term effect on the body, tolerance builds up rapidly causing the addicted person to up the dosage to dangerous levels after a short time using the drug. Once removed from the safeguards of a highly controlled medical environment, the abuser can easily overdose, and bring on respiratory failure and death.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources, supply of the drug on the streets is virtually unlimited, as evidenced by a recent arrest of a 19-year-old medical attendant and her boyfriend caught removing the gel from the patches administered to patients in a nursing home. The drug is also stolen from pharmacies, a problem for law enforcement that has been escalating throughout the US. Even used patches are collected for the remaining drug that is still on them.

Once procured by users, it is often “cooked” in foil and inhaled or injected. Patches are also sometimes frozen, cut into pieces and eaten or placed under the tongue or in the cheek for absorption. Websites frequented by young people give tips and information about procuring the drug and ways to get the most out of the drug in whatever form it is in. Discussions about the drug further popularize it, including information on how to make it. “In short, this drug is easily procured and it is deadly,” says Bobby Wiggins, Director of Drug Education at Narconon International.

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The Different Ways Narconon and Other Rehabilitation Centers Save Lives

When people go to a Narconon rehab center or any other rehabilitation center, it usually means they have hit a point in their lives where things can’t get much worse. Unfortunately, there are many who still avoid getting help even when their world has turned upside down. If only they would realize that going to a rehab center can save their lives, in more ways than one.

There were 11,773 drunken driving deaths in 2008. In Canada 33.8% of motor vehicle deaths were associated with alcohol use. All of these could have been prevented if a rehabilitation center would have been utilized. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of death around the world.

Deaths caused by cirrhosis of the liver and other ailments due to alcoholism increase every year. Pancreatitis is also a contributing factor in many alcohol related deaths. Repression of the respiratory system is a major cause of death for drug addicts, especially those who use drugs such as Oxycontin and Oxycodone. These deaths also can be prevented by seeking help from a rehabilitation center.

In the United States alone, prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year. Add that to the number of illicit drug users overdose statistics and you up to nearly 60,000 a year. Those are 60,000 people that could have lived had they gone to a drug rehabilitation center.

Pregnancies of drug and alcohol users many times end in spontaneous abortions or serious, life threatening illnesses to the fetus or newly born child. Innocent lives have been taken as a result of drugs and alcohol.

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Narconon Graduate Says, “Art First – Drugs Never”

Advocacy for Art, as a Part of Living Drug-Free, Is Big Part of Drug Prevention Strategy.

“We want to harness the Power of Art to Knock Out Drug Use in our local Community,” says Micahel Ginsburg. The violin virtuoso is a graduate of the Narconon Program at the Arrowhead facility in Oklahoma. He recently concertized and raised funds for a new live theater in nearby Mcalester as part of its “Take Back McAlester” Campaign. Ginsburg is one of the architects of the campaign, and his own enthusiasm for the arts helped get residents excited about it.

From the Mayor to the Chamber of Commerce to local businesses and non-profit associations, Narconon Arrowhead is a major sponsor of the city’s effort to tackle a growing drug problem. “The plan,” says Ginsburg, “Is to replace the destruction of drugs with the creativity of art. The art that is manifesting in the city comes from youngsters and adults and includes all kinds from dance to photography to music, painting, writing, theatre and more. “This really resonates with me,” Ginsburg says.“Once I was hopelessly strung out on drugs, and now I am living a life free of drugs as a result of completing the Narconon Program at Narconon Arrowhead. I certainly feel privileged to give back to the community that we share.”

Ginsburg’s advocacy exemplifies an international mandate given to all Narconon Centers, according to the Executive Director of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “We have Narconon Centers in more than 40 countries, and every one of them is expected to reach out to their community and help curb the negative influence that drugs exert.”

He points out it is graduates of the Narconon program who are most behind anti-drug advocacy in the community. “It’s something that happens as a matter of course. Our graduates are on the other side of it now, but they know the horrors that await those who become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many decide to become powerful advocates for a drug-free community.”

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Narconon International Salutes Narconon Arrowhead For Outstanding Community Spirit In 2010

Each year as Red Ribbon Week approaches, Narconon International focuses on one outstanding U.S. center’s efforts to power the national campaign that has made drug prevention everyone’s concern. This year, the honors go to Narconon in Oklahoma.

With Red Ribbon Week still weeks away, the urgent need to address a growing drug problem in nearby McAlester prompted Narconon Arrowhead, the international drug rehab network’s premiere drug rehab and training facility, to be a key backer of the Take Back McAlester Campaign.

Culminating in a full day of family activities during the official Red Ribbon Week, Narconon Arrowhead, along with the McAlester Chamber of Commerce, Pride in McAlester and other local volunteer organizations are rallying the entire city to “Take McAlester Back.” The campaign promotes a drug-free lifestyle and brings arts and creativity back to the city.

“This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme, ‘Lock Your Meds,’ and its vital message to keep medications out of the hands of kids focuses on an issue that Narconon International has made a priority in 2010, says Narconon International Drug Education Director Bobby Wiggins. “The proactive steps Narconon Arrowhead is taking to engage an entire city to rally and get this vital message across are truly laudable,” says Wiggins.

National statistics from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that in 2006, 2.1 million teens abused prescription drugs. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports that ½ of all new abusers of prescription drugs are between the ages of 12 & 17. Everyday, 2500 teens begin abusing prescription drugs. Deaths caused by prescription drug overdoses have surpassed those caused by illicit drugs.

The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA. The National Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP), is an ideal way for individuals and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse. Narconon Drug Rehab centers throughout the United States and the world take pride in successfully helping hundreds of thousands individuals and families overcome drug and alcohol addiction every year through community participation as well as drug prevention efforts and rehabilitation. For additional information about the Narconon Program please visit our video at http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon#p/u/18/qiODr5s08Gs.

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Narconon Supports Medicine Cabinet Campaign

Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic across the country. This is particularly evident in the recent news articles and with the deaths of many well known celebrities.

According to the Center for Disease Control’s report entitled “Prescription Drug Overdose,” “since 1999, abuse misuse and overdose of prescription drugs have significantly increased.” The study goes on to say that the number of unintentional overdose deaths from 1995 to 2005 doubled due to increasing deaths from prescription drugs rather than illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Unfortunately the prescription drug problem has gotten out of hand in many places in the country and as a result has destroyed lives all over the world.

Narconon, a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that has been in operation since 1964 has seen the devastation that prescription drug abuse has caused to both addicts and families. One thing that Narconon has reported that in the recent years is that they have more clients looking for help for prescriptions than ever before.

Narconon has been able to help many addicts through their successful rehabilitation methods; they’re program achieves a more than 70% success rate for permanent sobriety from addiction. Another thing the group is taking part in, are ways to help prevent prescription drug abuse in the first place. Narconon are doing this through a campaign that is being used all over the world to stop prescription addiction.

The program is a new campaign called “Lock Your Medicine Cabinet.” This is a nationwide campaign used by schools, churches, community groups and even drug rehab centers across the nation.

Many Narconon centers actively participate in the “Lock Your Medicine Cabinet” campaign because it helps raise awareness about the prescription drug epidemic and offers a safe and drug free prevention message that can help anyone.

The result is that less and less people become addicted to prescriptions in the first place. Prescription drug addiction does not have to go unhandled. Contact Narconon today for more information at www.narconon.org. For more information, please see our video: http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon#p/u/4/Ze2L6lMG7gI.

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Narconon Vista Bay Contributes To Local Fair

The Narconon drug rehabilitation and education program in Northern California provides free information to children and adults at the Monterey County Fair.

Narconon Vista Bay is not only one of the most successful drug rehabilitation programs in the country, but it is also a dedicated member of the community and offers effective drug prevention activities as well.

Recently staff members from the organization participated in the annual Monterey County Fair from September 1st through the 6th as part of their Recovery Month activities. Each day they helped answer questions about drugs and rehabilitation, offered guidance for people with loved ones who need treatment help, and handed out free drug education booklets to kids.

In the words of one of the Vista Bay staff members who helped out with this community service, “Often people would talk to us about a son in jail or a sister on drugs. Several people in recovery also shared their stories with us. We even had visits from former students who completed the Narconon® program and continue to live drug-free, ethical lives.” He continued to say, “Another great aspect of this for me was the profoundly burning commitment to saving lives and families that I shared with the other staff members here.”

Narconon Vista Bay has three facilities in Northern California, including Watsonville, Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. It is recognized as one of the leading addiction treatment programs in the country.

A recent graduate from the program exclaimed, “After leaving Narconon I have been able to face life and enjoy every minute of it. Since I have a passion for fitness and health I got a job at a gym, where I will become a personal trainer. This will allow me to make enough money to go back to school and work towards a degree in sports medicine. I learned at Narconon that I have confidence in myself and a newfound method of working life in order to be as successful as possible. I have found new sober friends that are good for my recovery, my relationship with my mom is better than ever and I am happier and healthier than I ever have been in my life. I owe it all to the Narconon program.” Please see our video at

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Narconon Programs Helping Traumatized Street Children In Latin America

Narconon drug rehabilitation and life skills programs for street children are being delivered in several states in Mexico, Honduras, and other Latin American countries. Street children are usually understood to mean ‘homeless’ –working and sleeping on the streets, out of touch with family. But it also can mean just poor and working the streets, begging, selling whatever, but still sleeping at home.

“Selling whatever they must is the shame of it,” says Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, who has delivered training workshops to drug rehabilitation and social programs across northern and southern Mexico. “One rehab director told me,” he continues angrily, “that he had refused $5000 U.S. from a drug cartel to‘buy 10 children’ from his center so they could ‘work them on the street.’ You think of poor children selling “chicles” gum. Now you can add selling “information” that they overhear from persons in restaurants or wherever the children beg. Or these children are carrying drugs in their little backpacks.”

Worse, many homeless children have to sell their bodies. It makes us shudder to think what they learn to survive. “I met two charming children,” says Carr, “7 and 9 years old, who had been rescued from sleeping in the sewer…because it was safer than the street, they said. One boy still had marks on his forehead from rat bites.”

UNICEF approximates that more than 40 million children live or work the streets in Latin America, escaping from homes where the parents’ divorce or separate. Not so much poor families as where the parents are addicts or in jail. Or where there is physical abuse.

90% of street children are estimated by UNICEF to be addicted to inhalants, especially aromatic glues, shoe glue, paint thinner, gasoline. This can produce irreversible brain damage unless one knows how to reduce the young body’s toxic burden. Narconon of Georgia trained an orphanage in Honduras in the Narconon sauna detoxification protocol of vitamins, minerals, exercise, and repeated sweating in low-heat, dry saunas to cleanse the body. Those children who chronically had fought or run away to get glue to which they were addicted, reported the orphanage, after the sauna sessions were healthier and happier, more friendly with renewed interest in learning.

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Narconon Reunites Families During Recovery Month

(Los Angeles, CA) – Every Friday night Narconon drug rehabilitation centers throughout the country hold graduation ceremonies celebrating the accomplishments of clients as they progress through their treatment. Each graduation ends off with a special acknowledgement for those who have completed the full Narconon® program, giving them a chance to share their successes as well as reuniting them with their families.

For the graduates themselves, it marks the end of a difficult time in their lives that they are now leaving in the past with confidence and determination that they will finally be free from the grips of addiction. The mixture of excitement and a bit of nervousness about the future they will now be creating can be tough for someone to comprehend without having lived through it. However, the shame, guilt and regret are all now gone and replaced with relief and an eagerness to live.

As one graduate puts it, “I feel brand new, like a kid again. I have a whole new outlook on life that is filled with happiness and ambition, and I can’t thank my family enough for helping me get to Narconon.”

For family members, it is a moment of hope, pride and joy. It’s impossible not to cry when you see in parents’ eyes that they finally have their son or daughter back, or when young children run up to their mommy or daddy to hug and kiss them sober for the first time in years. Words can’t really describe the feeling.

“This is why we’re here,” remarks a Narconon staff member at a recent graduation.“It never gets old seeing that,” he says, trying to hold back the teardrops that welled up in his eyes from rolling down his cheeks. But, with hardly a dry eye in the room, it’s nearly impossible to do.

Three more graduation ceremonies like this will happen at dozens of Narconon centers in the United States and around the world during the rest of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. They will continue to happen every Friday after that, just as they have for decades prior to this particular evening. To learn more about Narconon please see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXgwyJ74y3c.

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Narconon Addresses Need For Drug-Free Rehabilitation

Los Angeles, CA – It doesn’t take much searching on the Internet to find stories about the devastation being caused by prescription drug addiction today. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) there are about 6.2 million Americans who are current non-medical users of prescription drugs, many of whom are addicted.

The above statistic shows that despite any medicinal value, many drugs today have a high potential for abuse and all of them have additional side effects. So, when addicts turn to a treatment center for help, prescribing more drugs to them can be detrimental to their recovery. This is one of the reasons why the Narconon program is drug-free.

The program was founded in 1966 by a former heroin addict named William Benitez and has not used any type of drug replacement therapy since its inception. Based on research and developments by the late American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, Narconon incorporates other therapies to help ease withdrawal symptoms, removed stored toxins from the body and rebuild natural health.

Narconon has a recovery rate of more than 70% that has been well documented and its results have fueled worldwide growth to now include over 140 groups and centers in more than 40 countries.

“We have found that more and more people are searching for alternative programs that do not subscribe to the disease concept or give more drugs to addicts,” comments Narconon International Executive Sue Birkenshaw, “An increasing number of individuals and family members want to be able to put addictive substances behind them forever, and that is what Narconon offers.”

With National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month just around the corner in September, this message resonates with many people who have regained control over their lives through Narconon after trying programs that used various types of replacement drugs and pharmacotherapies. Drug-free programs are becoming more mainstream in the light of the prescription drug epidemic our country faces. To learn more about Narconon please see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zMmgq9xRIY.

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Narconon Joins Recovery Month Celebrations

(Los Angeles, CA) – Now in it’s 21st year, the theme for this year’s National Recovery Month is “Now More than Ever,” and Narconon centers coast to coast are gearing up for the annual celebration along with other treatment programs and recovery advocates across America.

The Narconon drug rehabilitation and education program was founded more than four decades ago and now has at least 16 residential and outpatient treatment facilities in the United States and Canada alone, with dozens more worldwide. Again this year thousands of Narconon staff members, program participants, alumni, family members and supporters will continue their observance of Recovery Month with its recurring theme that permanent recovery from addiction is not only possible, but happens every day in its centers.

Past events have included community sponsorships and anniversary celebrations, educational presentations, radio shows talking about recovery, public service announcements for print and broadcast media and even a live webcast of a graduation ceremony.

One of the topics this year has been the devastation caused by the skyrocketing prescription drug addiction problems throughout America. From painkillers to tranquilizers and amphetamines, the latest surge in substance abuse has opened the eyes of millions of people. Showing that dependency and addiction can affect anyone, including unsuspecting patients taking such medications.

Narconon programs are one of the few programs in the country that does not prescribe more drugs to addicts seeking treatment, and it’s drug-free rehabilitation approach achieves a success rate of better than 70%. The program was was founded by William Benitez and is based on the research and developments of the late American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. To learn more about Narconon please see this video

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