NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, backed by the Church of Scientology, spoke to 30 New York City public schools last year, but its New York-based Director Megan Fialkoff says the foundation’s teachings aren’t influenced by the church.

“Our materials are secular. They’re based on our curriculum,” Fialkoff told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

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But some of their materials are not based on fact and simply intend to scare children, Marsha Rosenbaum with the Drug Policy Alliance said.

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“These are even myths they have made up completely, they’re beyond reefer madness,” she said.

Rosenbaum said the free program is enticing to schools on a budget.

“The messages are so ludicrous that the kids, they define the messages as a joke,” she said.

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In a statement, the City Department of Education said they have no contracts or official partnerships with the foundation.