Narconon Drug Education Workshops in the Philippines

Drug education training with PDEA

Back in 2003, the statistics of drug abuse in the Philippines were escalating. Especially for methamphetamine. Today the drug problem is still an issue and needs some help to solve it.

During this time the government launched an anti-drug campaign. To help facilitate this campaign, several PDEA agents traveled to Los Angeles to met with Narconon International and requested to receive drug prevention workshops. These workshops were conducted with the PDEA in the Philippines covered the basics of drug abuse and addiction and how to deliver drug prevention presentations.

Once the training was done, the PDEA agents and the Narconon team went to schools and delivered drug education presentations to hundreds of kids on the truth about drugs in the Philippines.

Many children stated they would not use drugs anymore after hearing the talks and doing the seminar. At the end of the workshop, PDEA agents were proud to receive their own drug educator certificates.

The following are responses from the Narconon drug education workshops in the Philippines:

1. What did you find most valuable about the Narconon drug training?

2. What would you like to learn more about?

3. What recommendations do you have to improve the training?

4. How did this workshop change your attitude about drugs and drug prevention?

5. What is your current job description?

1. The valuable thing in the Narconon drug training is the increase of my confidence in dealing with high school students.

2. How to deal with drug dependency by using vitamins.

3. More days and time training.

4. It never changed my attitude, but it increased my knowledge on drugs and drug prevention.

5. Officer in charge of education and community involvement.

1. The presentation was simple but meaningful.

2. The Narconon way of rehabilitation services.

3. It would be better if the trainers or speakers are Filipino Narconon members.

4. It increases my commitment to fight drug abuse.

5. Recruiter community grander.

1. The most valuable learned at the Narconon workshop is how to teach other people about drugs.

2. I would like to learn more how to prevent the dangerous drugs coming into my country.

3. So far it’s good. Nothing to improve especially to the mention of this training program.

4. More knowledge to use in my profession. I am glad I learned more on your training program.

5. I am a policewoman in the Philippines drug enforcement. This training will help a lot.

1. How to teach children about the effects of drugs and how to deliver drug lectures properly.

2. How to organize and deliver my lecture more properly so I can catch the audiences attention every time I do my lectures.

3. More hours so we could apply what we have learned in an intensive manner on the lectures. They were very comprehensive.

4. It made me more interested and made my commitment much stronger to fight the drug menace.

5. Assistant education and training officer resource speaker facilitator.

The training was really an eye-opener. The detoxification and communications exercises. The best part of the training is the practicals. It’s really a very exciting adventure to give kids data that even I myself just learned. It’s sad that we have limited time. The feeling of giving data to kids is my best experience!


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.