Scientology Is Teaching British Schoolkids About Saying No to Drugs - 2017-01-06

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F248.png Scientology Is Teaching British Schoolkids About Saying No to Drugs January 6, 2017, Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

The United Kingdom just found this out the hard way, according to an investigative article in the London Evening Standard. "In the past year alone 35,000 children have taken part in the Narconon anti-drugs programme, including more than 16,000 in London," reported Benedict Moore-Bridger. He goes on to explain that "Narconon's theories about drug dependency and treatment have been described as potentially dangerous and dismissed by some scientists as lacking medical evidence. Critics say the lectures provide a 'soft introduction' to Scientology."

As Moore-Bridger notes, Narconon openly acknowledges that it is "based on the research and writings of L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religion." But many teachers and school authorities are unaware of the connection, and may be unaware that the program doesn't employ actual addiction experts. That might be because those experts have long viewed the program as a pseudoscientific and potentially dangerous enterprise. "We have known for years that Scientologists have been targeting schools through drugs education packages," Professor David Nutt, former head of the U.K. government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, told Moore-Bridger. "They are the main provider of teaching aids to schools, as neither government nor local authorities put any money into this topic. It's an outrage."

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{{cite news | first = Jesse | last = Singal | title = Scientology Is Teaching British Schoolkids About Saying No to Drugs | url = http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/01/a-scientology-program-is-being-taught-in-british-schools.html | work = New York Magazine | date = January 6, 2017 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}