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Organization's primary exempt purpose
Rehabilitation and prevention of substance abuse.
Drug detoxification and rehabilitation.
Narconon International continued to experience unprecedented expansion in 2005 through its existing drug rehabilitation centers, expanding into new areas and countries, and enlightening people about the effectiveness of the Narconon Drug Rehabilitation program.
The number of students on the Narconon rehab program around the world each week increased from an average of approximately 910 in 2004 to 1080 in 2005.
Internationally, the number of people graduating the Narconon drug rehabilitation program confident of being able to live a "drug-free life" was more than 1500 in 2005, bringing the international total to date to just under 15,900.
Several new Narconon drug rehabilitation centers opened during 2005 including centers in Florida, Mexico and Italy. Narconon International assisted each of these centers to become established through grants, staffing and training.
These new centers joined the already established Narconon centers and groups actively providing L. Ron Hubbard's Drug Rehabilitation and Prevention services to the broad public bringing the total number of centers and groups to 192.
Existing rehabilitation centers continued to expand. For example, the Narconon residential center in Michigan, continued renovations on their new additional center which will provide 100 more beds for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
After fully meeting the extensive certification regulations, Narconon Arrowhead was certified by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse services in Oklahoma for its non-medical detoxification services.
Narconon Arrowhead purchased a new building which will be used as the international training center. The current international training center in Narconon Arrowhead's existing facility was expanded with assistance from Narconon International through on-site staff assistance and training.
Narconon Arrowhead trained staff of Narconon centers from around the world in addition to training public individuals who want to open a Narconon center. As an example, in 2005, as a result of president Narconon International's meetings with the Jordanian government, three narcotics police officers from that country trained at the international training center.
Narconon Florida received a certificate from the Department of Children and Families officially recognizing them as a "promising program," signed by the assistant secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
The regional office of South Europe continued to expand. The scope of their activities extends from Spain in the west to Macedonia and other Balkan countries in the east, including Croatia, Greece and Italy. In 2005 their expansion activities also included projects in Romania, Cyprus, Israel, France, China and Africa.
Narconon South Europe obtained accreditation from the Lombardia region which allows them to obtain government funding for training people in drug rehabilitation services and drug prevention.
Narconon Gabbiano in the south of Italy was officially recognized and registered as a drug rehabilitation facility in Puglia region which allows citizens to obtain government funding for their drug rehabilitation program at Narconon.
In Capetown, South Africa, six members of a substance abuse support group were trained to provide Narconon drug withdrawal services to their community.
There are several Narconon centers in the commonwealth of independent states and they are continuing to rapidly increase with the number of students on the program at any one time increasing from 75 in 2004 to 105 in 2005.
Drug education and prevention
In 2005, drug education lectures, based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard, were delivered to over 470,000 people worldwide. These include students, teachers, parents, school officials, community members and the government sector.
In Sweden, Narconon drug education was delivered over 1300 soldiers in military high schools and the Swedish Air Force. Altogether, the drug education team in Sweden delivered presentations to nearly 22,000 people.
In Russia, drug education lectures were delivered to more than 106,000 people.
The Narconon Arrowhead (Oklahoma) drug prevention team presented drug education lectures to over 14,700 people in 2005.
Many other Narconon drug rehabilitation centers presented drug education lectures to the public throughout 2005, such as the Narconon center in Michigan to 11,060 people.
In addition to the above, Narconon drug education groups provided lectures to more than 29,000 children in Los Angeles and to 4,000 children in Hawaii.
Several new Narconon drug education groups were also established in Spain as well as a new group in India.
Narconon Italy and its drug rehabilitation centers signed more than 50 contracts with government schools and agencies for the 2005-2006 period contributing to more than 10,000 people receiving Narconon drug education lectures in 2005.
This included drug education lectures delivered in the Lombardia region on the prevention of juvenile toxic dependency in schools, which activity was financed by the Minister of Studies and University.
Tens of thousands of the “Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs” drug education booklet, illustrated and published in several languages, continued to be distributed worldwide.
Drug education kits consisting of videos and booklets for teachers and students were distributed by Friends of Narconon to 530 elementary schools and secondary schools in the United States. More than 109,000 students reported back as having viewed the videos, and expressing having obtained greater awareness on the adverse effects of drugs from the information provided. Also in 2005, DVD versions of the “Marijuana the myth” and “The truth about drugs” lectures were released to the general public, including a feature called “Why parents are the last to know.”
Narconon Mexico established a drug education program in the city of Pedro Escobedo in cooperation with the police. Overall, they delivered 160 Narconon drug prevention presentations to 10,950 students in 70 schools.
For the second year in a row, Narconon Johannesburg trained several police officers as drug prevention specialists.
Raising public awareness of the problems of drug abuse and their solutions
In 2005 Narconon International and its licensed groups and centers reached out through numerous activities to make further known Narconon drug rehabilitation and drug education programs and services.
The alarming increase of drug abuse and drug-related crime worldwide was addressed by a broad series of conferences, seminars and media campaigns. These were conducted by Narconon International and by local Narconon centers with the purpose of raising public awareness on the devastation caused by alcohol and other drugs and to provide solutions through the proven results of the Narconon drug rehabilitation and education programs.
In Philadelphia, the president of Narconon International presented the Narconon drug prevention programs to over 30 police officers and community leaders at an anti-drug forum.
Narconon International created a volunteer hockey team called the Narconon miracles. They played 3 games in 2005, raising money for drug education and raising the awareness of the need for effective drug prevention programs.
President Narconon Southern Europe met with Montenegro officials and did drug prevention lectures in the city of Grimaldi. He also attended the 4th ECAD (European Cities Against Drugs) conference in Montenegro, where he introduced the Narconon program to government representatives of Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Slovenia and Malta. Following the conference, an official delegation composed of a representative from the Serbian ministry of the interior and three medical professionals, visited Narconon Gabbiano in southern Italy to see the Narconon drug rehabilitation program in operation.
In professional recognition for its work and activities in taking responsibility for the area of drug abuse, Narconon Southern Europe was accepted and registered in the European Federation of the Hospital and Social Volunteers.