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Marathon for a Drug-Free Russia 2013
Date:8/6/2013

Russia (PRWEB) August 06, 2013

Launched June 22 in the city of Vladimir, 200 km east of Moscow, and timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Marathon for a Drug-Free Russia, now in its fifth year, brings the truth about drugs to the youth of Russia. Volunteers from Scientology Churches, Missions and like-minded groups were proud to participate in the program and help reverse the drug problem in their country.

The need to reach youth before they begin to experiment with drugs was brought into focus in April 2013. According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Viktor Ivanov, the chief of the country’s Drug Control Service, reported “the average Russian drug addict starts taking drugs at age 15-16 and the average age of those who die from diseases associated with drug addiction and from overdoses is 30 years.” This news came on the heels of his announcement in December 2012 that nearly 9 million Russians are addicted to drugs and more than 18 million have tried narcotics at least once.

This year’s Marathon for a Drug-Free Russia aimed to inform youth of the truth about drugs, enabling them to make self-determined decisions to live drug-free.

The Marathon began with a concert in the heart of the city of Vladimir, 200 km to the east of Moscow. The following day, the runners conducted a drug education workshop for youth at a local summer camp before taking off for the city of Murom, 171 km away.

In Murom, local cyclists accompanied the runners to the Square of Peace in the center of the city, where they distributed copies of the

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