As Coordinator for Anti-Drug Education of the Colombian Anti-Narcotics Department, Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Peña has worked closely with the Church of Scientology to provide real solutions to the drug crisis. Speaking at the opening of the Ideal Church of Scientology in Bogota on July 5, 2015, he said, “Drugs are the biggest enemy of our nation, and in this battle, those who lack knowledge and understanding about the dangers of drugs are at continual risk.”

Colonel Peña sees education as the most powerful weapon in the fight against drugs, with the Church of Scientology-supported Truth About Drugs campaign constituting one of the most effective educational tools. “The work of Scientologists in this regard, be it in Colombia or across the world, opens the eyes of the people to the danger of drugs. And with each person we reach, another life is saved.”

He acknowledged the “magnificent vision of the world, handed down to us by Mr. Hubbard and his philosophical teachings… Scientology has the power to give people the opportunities they need to create a better country. So please continue to help us to build better human beings and better societies. The world needs Scientology in order to live in peace.”

Video transcript:

Let me begin with the reason we first partnered toward the betterment of Colombian society: the fight against drugs. Yes, drugs are the biggest enemy of our nation. And in this battle, those who lack knowledge and understanding about the dangers of drugs are at continual risk, as is our society. That’s why, through my years of service, I identified education as the single most powerful weapon that we have in the battle against this scourge.

We can all too easily get comfortable with what we already know and fail to realize there are myriad things still to learn. But if we are open to gaining more knowledge, then we can make the right decisions, which will bring happiness and new opportunity. This is what happens with the Truth About Drugs campaign.

People decide to learn the truth and then, armed with that knowledge, they make the correct decision to not start taking drugs in the first place. The results from implementing your campaign are very important, as they reduce usage rates and therefore lead to a less fragmented society and stronger families. The program is definitely positive and truly prevents drug consumption, and this is why I recommend its use and application.

The work of Scientologists in this regard, be it in Colombia or across the world, opens the eyes of the people to the danger of drugs. And with each person we reach, another life is saved.

It was at that point I learned of that great man, L. Ronald Hubbard. And in so doing, I was able to enter an altogether new province of knowledge and understanding and I was able to start to take in the magnificent vision of the world, handed down to us by Mr. Hubbard and his philosophical teachings. He provided Mankind with every possible tool for a full and happy life. When you deliver to others such a legacy, you are helping make better people and creating a greater and stronger Colombia.

I feel deep appreciation toward Scientology and I am grateful to be part of your activities in assisting the community. Our country must be thankful for what you have done, for your selfless and effective work that you have performed. The more responsibility you take for Colombia, the better our country will be. Scientology has the power to give people the opportunities they need to create a better country. So please continue to help us to build better human beings and better societies. The world needs Scientology in order to live in peace. In fact, I am totally certain peace can be achieved with the knowledge of Scientology.

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