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.

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

“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.

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


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