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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.

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The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally.  The Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60 countries worldwide.

In terms of function, The Howard Center:

  • Shapes new ideas about the nature and status of the family and faith

  • Makes fresh scientific research on the family accessible and useful to family scholars

  • Creates effective national and international networks of family advocates

  • Magnifies ideas and influence through all forms of media

  • Provides expert opinions to public policy makers

Specific programs include:

  • Publishing three monthly periodicals (Family in America, New Research, and The Religion and Society Report)

  • Publishing weekly The Family Update, Online! a free email newsletter

  • Serving as administrator and co-convener of the World Congress of Families (WCF# 1 in Prague, 1997, WCF# 2 in Geneva, 1999, WCF# 3, March 29-31, 2004 in Mexico City, and WCF# 4 scheduled for 11-13 May 2007 in Warsaw, Poland)

  • Building the Swan Library of Family and Culture

  • Maintaining three active websites The Howard Center (, The World Congress of Families (, and The Family Manifesto (

  • Convening periodic lectures and special conferences

  • Sponsoring “The Kohler Fellows Program”, in support of young scholars

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