Church of Scientology International
Social Media Release
Church of Scientology Sponsored Group in
Markham, Canada Fights Drugs
A Scientology-sponsored drug education group called the Drug-
Free Marshals rallied community and civic leaders to take a stand
against drug abuse and addiction.
07.07.2009 – A Scientology-sponsored youth group rallied local community and civic leaders to back drug
education and prevention in commemoration of last week’s United Nations International Day against Drug
Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The campaign message this year, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was
“Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs.” The slogan conveys the
concept that drugs concern everyone as their use harms individuals, families and society at large.
The Drug-Free Marshals is an international grass-roots drug education and prevention program. The
Church of Scientology of Toronto sponsors a chapter, membership of which is open to all children who
want to be drug-free.
To get across the UN’s anti-drug message, the youngsters worked with local officials who are committed
to handling the drug problem in their area.
They contacted the Markham Town Council, which unanimously proclaimed June 26th as the International
Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the Town of Markham. The Mayor presented the Drug-
Free Marshals with the proclamation at the Taste of Asia Festival, where Drug-Free Marshal, Sophie
Pateropoulos, led all those attending in a pledge to be drug-free.
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Save the child and you save the nation,” and the Church of
Scientology of Toronto, committed to saving kids from the tragedy of drug abuse and addiction, has been
active in drug education and prevention for more than 2 decades.
For more information on what the Church of Scientology is doing to counter drug-abuse and promote
drug-free living visit the web site of the Church of Scientology of Toronto or the Scientology video