Narconon: The Shame of Oklahoma, Another Death.

Narconon was established February 19, 1966 as a drug-rehabilitation program based on “The Fundamentals of Thought” by L. Ron Hubbard.  Narconon’s creator was William C. Benitez, a former addict and inmate at Arizona State Prison.  It was incorporated in 1972; by Benitez along with two eminent Scientologists, Henning Heldt and Art Maren  both of whom would later join Hubbard’s wife, Mary Sue, in federal prison for their role in “operation Snow-White,” which involved infiltrating and burglarizing various government agencies.

 Anyone familiar with Scientology would instantly recognize Narconon as Scientology by another name.  The programs used are all based upon Hubbard’s teaching and include extensive use of the “E-Meter” a sort of primitive lie detector that Scientology describes as a “religious artifact.”

There are no independent scientific studies or published research to support any of the claims made by Narconon including their supposed success rate which ranges from seventy-five to over eighty-five percent depending on which Scientology publication that you are looking at.

A main part of the treatment is Hubbard’s “Purification Rundown” which consists of prolonged periods of time in a sauna and large doses of vitamins.  Despite the advances of nutritional science since Hubbard’s time the original formula remains frozen in time as a 1950’s recipe.  The idea that toxins can be sweated out is a popular folk remedy not supported by science.  Critics of Narconon point out that prolonged periods of time in a sauna could be very dangerous to people with certain medical conditions;  an observation that also applies the effects of their vitamin use.  The Department of Health, California says that these mega doses are “hazardous” and possibly “lethal.

Over the years there have been a number of strange deaths at Narconon facilities.  The most recent is a young woman who was at the Naraconon facility in Oklahoma which is called their “flag-ship” facility.  A number of newspapers have covered the story.

The following is from the July, 21st issue of Muscogee Phoenix, story by Jeanne LeFlore :

Young Woman Dead at Narconon Arrowhead.

Another Scientology related death.

A young woman died at Narconon Arrowhead.

Narconon Arrowhead is a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Canadian.

Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, of Owasso, was found dead Thursday morning at Narconon Arrowhead.

The death is being called an “unattended death,” according to a report released from the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Murphy’s death adds another name to the list of young people who have died while under the facility’s care. Other Narconon patients who have died are Hillary Holten, 21; Gabriel Graves, 32, and Kaysie Dianne Werninck, 28.

Along with Murphy, both Holten and Graves were found dead at the Narconon Arrowhead facility within in the last year, according to a report from the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of Murphy’s death is not known at this time.

“The exact cause may not be released for months because of toxicological reports and the impending investigation,” said Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns.

“The case is under investigation by the OSBI,” he said.

Although details of Murphy’s death were not available, earlier police reports of Holten’s and Graves’ deaths were released, along with details of a lawsuit by Werninck’s family.

On April 11, Holten, of Carrolton, Texas, was found dead at approximately 4 a.m. in her room at Narconon, according to the report.

She had been at the facility for less than two days when she was found face down on her bed.

Less than six months earlier, in October 2011, Graves, of Kingfisher, was also found in his bed at the facility, according to the report. He had been a patient at Narconon for almost two months.

Narconon Arrowhead settled a lawsuit filed by the parents of Werninck, of St. Augustine, Fla.

The lawsuit alleges that Werninck died as a result of gross negligence, after she became seriously ill with an upper respiratory infection while under the custody and control of Narconon Arrowhead, according to the lawsuit filed in Pittsburg County District Court.

The suit also alleges that she died because of a lack of sufficient staff training at the facility and she was denied outside medical attention and prescription medication.

Murphy’s family could not be reached for comment.

Jeanne LeFlore is a writer for the McAlester News-Capital.

To see the article go here:  http://muskogeephoenix.com/statenews/x1236702600/Young-woman-dead-at-Narconon-Arrowhead

Her father had his say about his daughters death.  This is from Channel News 9 of July 21, story by Tess Maune,:

Father Calls Daughter’s Death At McAlester Rehab Facility Preventable

An Oklahoma rehab facility is under fire following the deaths of three patients.

In the past 12 months, three people have died while being treated at Narconon Arrowhead near McAlester.

The most recent, 20-year-old Stacy Murphy from Owasso, was found dead Thursday morning.

“This is a drug addict,” Robert Murphy said as he showed a photo of his daughter, Stacy. “It’s not the perception you think of a drug addict, and people have to realize, it can be their own child.”

Robert Murphy is coming to grips with Stacy’s death.

He said she was a vibrant, bubbly girl with the world at her fingertips — until she fell in with the wrong crowd.

“Stacy grew up in the church, she did the sports,” Robert Murphy said. “So sweet and so bubbly, you just don’t know what the struggle is that [was] going on inside of her and she was seeking help.”

Robert Murphy said when Stacy’s prescription drug addiction escalated to heroin, she agreed to seek treatment at Narconon Arrowhead, a drug and alcohol rehab facility with treatments inspired by teachings of the Church of Scientology.

“We went there for her to be cured, safe,” Robert Murphy said. “She had so much potential.”

Stacy was found dead Thursday morning.

Her father said she sneaked in drugs to the facility following a one- day visit home.

“My first thought was, ‘Well, Stacy did what she did to herself,'” Robert Murphy said. “But after hearing what [Narconon] did know, there was no reason for her to die.”

Murphy said Narconon employees knew Stacy was on the verge of an overdose, but instead of  providing her with the medical attention she needed, his daughter was put in a room and left to die.

“They did not call us as parents; they did not call a medical team,” Robert Murphy said. “There was a shift change apparently at 7 o’clock. Nobody found her until 9:20.”

Two other patients have died at Narconon this year, including another Oklahoman, Gabriel Graves.

“In Narconon’s 20 years of operation, there [have] been three deaths at the Narconon facility and those have been within the last 12 months,” CEO Gary W. Smith said in an email to News On 6. “The rampant abuse of prescription medications and drugs like Spice, bath salts and host of other designer drugs has presented new and greater challenges for treatment providers.”

The Pittsburg County Sheriff’s office, along with the OSBI are investigating all three deaths.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns said criminal or negligence charges are possible, though the investigation is still the early stages.

“We just hate it for these families ,” Kerns said. “I just feel for them, that they’ve lost a child.”

And for Stacy’s family, Robert Murphy said it will continue to cope, while searching for answers and demanding change.

“All I can say is it’s not safe,” Robert Murphy said. “My daughter’s death could have been prevented, easily, easily. And I don’t want her death to be in vain.

“They don’t have a physician on 24-hour staff. I’ve been told he only goes in once a week. There’s procedures that either have to be changed or this place has to be shut down.”

For the entire story ho here:  http://www.news9.com/story/19085040/owasso-woman-dies-at-drug-rehab-facility-her-family-wants-answers

This unfortunate death took place hard on the heels of Narconon facility in Canada being forced to close,  this story dated April 21, 2012 appeared in the CBC News, Montreal:

Scientologist-run rehab centre ordered closed in Quebec

At least four clients taken to hospital in recent months

The head of a regional health agency in Quebec said he had no choice but to shut down a Scientology-based rehab centre in Trois-Rivières.

In recent months, he said at least four clients were taken to hospital because of methods used at the centre.

The Narconon Trois-Rivières is one of dozens of similar centres in the U.S. and around the world where the detox treatment is inspired by the teachings of Scientology.

Mauricie regional health agency director Marc Latour said Narconon Trois-Rivières advertised an 80 per cent success rate and charged $25,000 for its program.

Latour said the centre was dangerous for patients and violated many of the criteria regulating Quebec’s rehab centres.

He said there was no medical supervision and no scientific basis to the treatment.

Latour said patients went cold turkey, then underwent lengthy sauna detox sessions designed to sweat out drugs and took an unhealthy amount of vitamins.  An Ontario woman, who asked to remain anonymous, says her son has now been sent to a Narconon centre in the U.S. (CBC)

An Ontario woman, who asked to remain anonymous, spent thousands of dollars for her son to kick an addiction to the drug OxyContin.

But this weekend, just three weeks into his treatment, she had to drive back to the centre.

“The students had to basically get out [as soon as possible],” she told the CBC. “There was no information at that point.”

Her son and about half of the 34 people who were at the centre when it was shut down have been sent to a Narconon centre in the U.S.

The centre issued a statement Tuesday night, defending its rehab model and calling on the department of health to support more solutions, not fewer.

“People with drug problems and their families should have a right to choose the program that works for them as these days there are many good alternative programs,” it said.

The centre also said it is willing to make needed corrections.

In an interview earlier this month, a spokesperson said the centre’s treatment goes hand-in-hand with Scientology teachings, and 1,200 addicts have left the centre drug-free since it opened in 2005.

For the rest of this story go here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/04/17/narconon-trois-rivieres.html

For a more comprehensive look at Narconon follow this link: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/studies.htm

Bogus “tech” is just a scam.

Here is what the Wikipedia had to say about Narconon.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narconon

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  1. Thank you for this blog, the word is spreading and truth shall prevail.
    Colin Henderson


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