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WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILIES ACKNOWLEDGES INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE
World Congress of Families founder, Dr. Allan Carlson, said the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking (June 26) should remind us of the impact of addiction on the world’s families.
“Not just individuals and nations, but families are devastated by this evil,” Carlson commented. “According to The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, some 180 million people worldwide (4.2 percent of the world’s population above the age of 15) consumed illicit, mind-altering drugs during the late 1990s,” Carlson said.
“These aren’t isolated individuals whose actions only hurt themselves. Abused spouses, children abandoned, abused or neglected, family units torn apart – these too are part of the heavy toll of drug abuse,” Carlson observed.
The World Congress of Families, which is dedicated to strengthening the natural family, is profoundly concerned about the drug crisis. Calvina Fay, executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation, addressed World Congress of Families III (March 29-31 in Mexico City).
Fay warned that far from ameliorating this epidemic, drug legalization efforts will worsen it considerably. “Drug legalization internationally presents a clear and present danger to our families and children,” Fay told an audience drawn from the 3,300 delegates attending WCFIII.
“Even when these efforts fail, they send absolutely the wrong message to adolescents – that the major problem with drugs isn’t the harm they inflict but society’s legal efforts to suppress the drug trade,” Fay warned.
The World Congress of Families will continue it’s educational efforts on the threat of drugs to strong families.