With the risk of an opioid overdose epidemic looming in the country, Foundation for a Drug-Free World chapters throughout Germany meet to coordinate actions to make maximum impact over the coming year.
Press Release – updated: Aug 22, 2018 18:00 PDT
HAMBURG, Germany, August 22, 2018 – As reported in Die Welt, “Germany risks suffering an opioid epidemic similar to that seen in the USA,” according to Christoph Stein, director of the anesthesiology department at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, Europe’s largest university clinic.
“The use of opioids per person in Germany is already shockingly high and is barely distinguishable from the U.S.,” said Stein. “Even for a relatively minor operation, patients are sent home with big packs of opioids …”
Foundation for a Drug-Free World is dedicated to reaching young people with effective, fact-based drug education before they start experimenting with drugs because tweens, teens and young adults who know the facts about drugs are much less likely to start using them.
Prevention is one of the four pillars of the German government’s National Strategy on Drug and Addiction Policy and the German chapters of Foundation for a Drug-Free World take their role in carrying out this strategy very seriously.
Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that partners with civic and nongovernmental organizations. Through its worldwide network of volunteers and partnerships, it has distributed more than 109 million copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets since they were first published in 2006.
The conference was hosted by the Church of Scientology Hamburg which supports the campaign. Volunteers from across Germany gathered to report on their production over the past year, network and exchanged successful actions.
Guest speaker was Meghan Fialkoff, executive director of Foundation for a Drug-Free World New York. Ms. Fialkoff is featured in an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network for her stellar work bringing drug education to the children of New York. She briefed the volunteers about some of the most alarming global trends in drug abuse and addiction and the importance of engaging the entire community to work together to make the needed impact on this urgent issue.
She then presented each chapter with a commendation and Drug-Free World Germany with the 2018 Drug-Free Heroes Award.
The Church of Scientology and its members support the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a secular nonprofit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions to live drug-free. The Foundation’s Truth About Drugs campaign is one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention initiatives. As shown on a program on the Scientology TV Network, this support makes it possible for the foundation to provide drug education booklets, videos and educator guides free of charge to teachers, mentors and civic and community leaders.
According to the United Nations Office on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, “Every dollar spent on prevention can save governments up to ten dollars in later costs.”
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