Scientology Anti-Drug Program Found Active in London Schools

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A report has found that tens of thousands of children have been exposed to Narconon, which says it utilizes techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

Narconon, an anti-drugs program funded and run by the Church of Scientology, has been found to be active in U.K. schools.

According to an investigation by the Evening Standard, 35,000 children were exposed to the organization through presentations that were part of the program over the past year, including more than 16,000 in London. 

Narconon claims to be a "highly effective drug-free withdrawal, detoxification and rehabilitation program, which utilizes techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard," and began in the 1960s when a prison inmate cured his own drug addictions using principles found in one of Hubbard's books. 

The organization is run by the Association for Better Living and Education, which was established by Scientology.

Critics of Narconon have claimed that its lectures are a "soft introduction" to Scientology, and the Evening Standard reported that one U.K. pupil had said students were shocked when the organization's representative quoted Hubbard, describing him as a "great humanitarian."

Speaking to the paper, a representative for one of the schools said: "We were completely unaware. If we had known there would have been no way we would have let them in."

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