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January 29, 2015

Scientology-Funded Anti-Drug Group Active in N.Y. Schools

A nonprofit supported by the Church of Scientology provided free drug-education programs in 30 public elementary, middle, and high schools across New York City last year, DNAInfo and CBS New York report.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, founded in 2006 by the controversial church, has drawn criticism for the content of its presentations and lesson plans, which some drug-policy groups characterize as misleading. The group's materials assert that cocaine use leads to murder and suicide and that heroin can cause spontaneous abortions in women.

Meghan Fialkoff, Northeast executive director for the foundation, said the Church of Scientology is the group's primary sponsor, but its program is independently developed and "secular." The city's Department of Education said it does not partner with the organization and has not referred it to schools.