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Are Drugs Bad For You?

July 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. Popularized in the 1960s by music and mass media, they invade all aspects of society.

An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs. In the United States, results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.9 million Americans (or 8% of the population aged 12 or older) used illegal drugs in the month prior to the survey.

You probably know someone who has been affected by drugs, directly or indirectly.

The most commonly used—and abused—drug in the US is alcohol. Alcohol-related motor accidents are the second leading cause of teen death in the United States.

The most commonly used illegal drug is marijuana. According to the United Nations 2008 World Drug Report, about 3.9% of the world’s population between the ages of 15 and 64 abuse marijuana.

Young people today are exposed earlier than ever to drugs. Based on a survey by the Centers for Disease Control in 2007, 45% of high school students nationwide drank alcohol and 19.7% smoked pot during a one-month period.

In Europe, recent studies among 15- and 16-year-olds suggest that use of marijuana varies from under 10% to over 40%, with the highest rates reported by teens in the Czech Republic (44%), followed by Ireland (39%), the UK (38%) and France (38%). In Spain and the United Kingdom, cocaine use among 15- to 16-year-olds is 4% to 6%. Cocaine use among young people has risen in Denmark, Italy, Spain, UK, Norway and France.

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They said drugs would make you cool… video

October 27, 2007 Leave a comment

 

They said drugs would make you cool…

You have to watch this video.

Joints

They said drugs would
make you cool…

Kids, on Drugs

October 27, 2007 2 comments

The Truth About Drugs

A public service short film from Kids on Stage for a Better World.

Written and Directed by Laurie Bartilson.

A Deadly White Powder

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Cocaine is one of the oldest and most dangerous drugs known to man. It is highly addictive and once a person begins taking it, it is almost impossible to free oneself from its grip. Today, cocaine is a world-wide, multi-billion dollar enterprise. Once considered a “rich man’s drug,” a young person today can buy a few grams of cocaine for little more than the cost of a movie ticket.

“You believe that coke will increase your perceptions, that it will allow you to surpass yourself, that you will be able to control things. It’s bloody nonsense. Soon you won’t pay your bills, you won’t bathe anymore, you give up your friends, your family. You will become defenseless and alone.”

But cocaine is very addictive. It can cause death from respiratory failure, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage or heart attack. Babies born to cocaine-addicted mothers are born addicts themselves. And many suffer birth defects, irreversible genetic damage and many other problems.

Cocaine use continues to flourish, even though the drug is so dangerous. Perhaps this is due to the large amount of false information about the drug that results in increasing numbers of people becoming trapped in the grip of addiction, unable to escape.

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The way to a drug-free life

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

How the drug problem can be solved

 

Every person who abused drugs started taking them because he was experiencing a precise condition — a physical affliction, a situation in his life, or unwanted emotions such as sadness or boredom — from which he could find no physical or spiritual relief. He found that drugs removed his symptoms or numbed his feelings about what was troubling him.

Thus, Mr. Hubbard discovered that drug abuse is essentially spiritual in nature. The individual, in some way hurt, had been led into the false belief that drugs could cure what ailed him.

The relief is only temporary. Drugs not only fail to resolve the underlying, unwanted condition, but can lead to dependency and addiction.

A drug user becomes less aware of the present, of the people around him and so becomes less considerate and responsible, less active, less capable and less bright.

In our drug-ridden culture, it is a fact that all Scientologists are drug-free. 100% say they take no street drugs at all. This statistic is even more dramatic when compared to the current figures that show more than 30% of the general population in Europe ages 15 to 65 have used drugs.

One does not, however, have to be a heavy narcotics addict to experience a lessening of alertness, fogginess or other effects as a result of some drug use.

Drugs fix a person’s attention at points in his past. Past incidents often appear in visions or hallucinations a person sees while on certain drugs. Attention then often becomes stuck in these incidents after the drug has worn off, with the cumulative effect of the person not feeling “with it” or aware of his present-time environment.

This can be dangerous to the person himself and to others, as seen in the number of drug-related automobile accidents, to say nothing of less serious accidents or mistakes that happen because a person is unaware of what is going on around him.

In fact, in researching the barriers to spiritual gain caused by drugs, Mr. Hubbard uncovered the existence of a drug personality, an artificial personality created by drugs. “Drugs can apparently change the attitude of a person from his original personality to one secretly harboring hostilities and hatreds he does not permit to show on the surface,” wrote Mr. Hubbard. “While this may not hold true in all cases, it does establish a link between drugs and increasing difficulties with crime, production and the modern breakdown of social and industrial culture.”

Mr. Hubbard’s development of the Purification Programme created the means by which one could rid himself of the biochemical residues that reactivate the negative effects of drugs on the mind and self, but it is factually just the first step in a full resolution to the spiritual devastation caused by abuse of drugs, medicine and alcohol.

Other mental and spiritual factors exist, and to address these, Mr. Hubbard developed a series of procedures and actions that address the cause of a person’s decision to take drugs in the first place.

Administered in churches of Scientology, these actions are part of a unique form of spiritual counselling known as auditing — from the Latin root audire, which means “to listen.”

Auditing un-fixes a person’s attention from the past and frees him from the pains, emotions, sensations and other unwanted feelings for which drugs became the “cure.” When that original problem or underlying condition that led the person to turn to drugs as a “solution” is located and handled, he is then fully free from any effects of drugs and from the need to take them.