It appears that drug-prevention literature connected with the Church of Scientology will no longer be distributed by the Santa Ana Police Department.
Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, the department spokesman, said he was told that "none of the brochures we talked about" are being passed out by the department.
Although the pamphlets didn't carry the name Scientology on them, they advertised the Foundation For a Drug-Free World, which is sponsored by Scientology. When I called the number and asked where one should go to get help for drug abuse, I was directed to Narconon Arrowhead on Oklahoma's Lake Eufaula.
Stop-Narconon.org, run by David Touretzky, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has long-fought against the program and what he calls its unscientific practices. Touretzky says "Narconon and the Church of Scientology frequently play a verbal sleight of hand over the nature of this relationship", and documents the connection through church statements made to the IRS.
One may recall that Ed Dearborn, executive director of the Orange County Scientology "org", claimed that the church had been collaborating with the department on anti-drug education programs.
Bertagna reaffirmed that such is not true, and said any community group that wants to work with the department must go through a process.