ACLC joined with the Brooklyn Borough President, the Honorable Eric Adams, and the Foundation for a Drug Free World in holding a program entitled, “Effective Drug Education Tools.” This very successful drug education, prevention and treatment program was inspired by the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.
The Foundation for a Drug Free World has created a curriculum that any organization can use to educate young and old on the dangers of drug abuse. The curriculum includes lesson plans for eighteen sessions. These out-of-the-box lesson plans are available free of charge. A growing number organizations are using these materials and Dr. Failkoff, the President of the Foundation for a Drug Free World, noted the many endorsements for the program from assorted organizations, police forces, and religious, civic, social and political leaders.
Throughout the event, a series of short, engaging and professionally produced Public Service Announcements (PSAs) were shown. These PSA’s were created by the Foundation for a Drug Free World to teach about various illegal and prescription drugs, and included testimonials about how drug abuse can ruin lives, families, communities, and beyond. (See more links at end of this report.)
Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, President of the Foundation for a Drug Free World and an oral surgeon from Bayside, Queens, opened the meeting. He thanked each participant for attending, and noted how drug abuse has devastated the lives of so many people, and crosses all lines of age, race, ethnicity, social and economic backgrounds.
Bishop Orlando Findlayter was the Master of Ceremony. He is an ACLC supporter, the Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship Church and the Founder of the New Hope Academy Charter School in Brooklyn. Rev. Bruce Grodner, the ACLC National Outreach Director, offered the opening prayer.
Introductory Remarks were given by Rev. Massimo Parrino, the East Block, Public Relations Director for the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation. Rev. Parrino cited his friend, Rev. Tom Cutts, the ACLC National Executive Director, who said, “The scourge of drugs is too big for any single church to solve. We need to work together.” Rev. Massimo added that the problem is too big for any one nation to solve, and is even too big for the United Nations.
Rev. Parrino offered some alarming statistics. “Two hundred forty six million people internationally consume illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs, 200,000 people die from drug overdoses each year and every 12 seconds another school-age child experiments with illicit drugs for the first time.”
The Honorable Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, gave a few encouraging words and presented a proclamation recognizing the work of the Foundation for a Drug Free World. He came with his Director of Faith-Based and Clergy Initiatives, Rev. Gilford Monrose, who lent his support throughout the planning of the program.
Mr. David Tidman, a Lead Presenter of the curriculum for the Foundation, shared an introduction to the 18 lesson plan and materials offered; included are a facilitator’s guide, DVD’s, and handouts for students. This is a free, turn-key program that can be used with little to no training.
Bishop Lubin Moise, Founder of Universal Mission Network Ministry and a good friend of ACLC, is a spokesperson for the Foundation for a Drug Free World. He leads Drug-Free educational programs in Brooklyn, and Haiti, and encouraged everyone to get involved and support this important effort.
After a period of questions and answers there was a call to action as President Fialkoff gave final remarks. Together with Los Angeles Headquarters, the Foundation is poised to support the participants’ needs to further promote the work. He would like to conduct a drug- free awareness concert in Central Park, sometime in September.
The event was held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The free program included lunch for the sixty participants, and offered a valuable opportunity for networking.
Contributed by Rev. Bruce Grodner, ACLC National Outreach Director