I nMario Chirinos learned that his two cousins worked for a major drug cartel in Venezuela. But before he could do anything, they had become casualties of the narcotics wars.
At that point, he decided to change his country. Chirinos started immediately distributing The Truth About Drugs booklets in high-crime neighborhoods. He then delivered seminars in schools across his home city of Maracaibo, partnering with and training professors at the Dr.
Chirinos next engaged the faith community, training more than 50 groups of Catholics, Adventists, Baptists and others in the delivery of the Truth About Drugs program. They, in turn, have delivered it to some 20, Venezuelans.
Consequently, he has now delivered lectures to more than 4, soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard, Army and Air Force. Chirinos next turned his sights to the private sector and educated more thanexecutives and staff of Venezuelan companies.
And in the crowning acknowledgment of his campaign to date, Chirinos was appointed a drug law advisor to the Zulia State Legislative Assembly. The Venezuelan National Government followed suit, passing a law mandating drug education in every school in the country. His target is to reach a quarter of the Venezuelan population—7.