Family Sues Narconon Oklahoma Over Wrongful Death.

Three of the four dead.

Stacy Murphy, the most recent victim.

 

 Narconon, the “non-medical” addiction cure center located in the thinly populated Pittsburg County, Oklahoma is once again the center of attention in the most recent case of an unexplained death.  This is the third such death in seven months, the fourth in the last three years.  This article of 8-23-2012, by Dana Hertneky, can be found; with links and video,  on the News 9 site: http://www.newson6.com/story/19356312/family-of-deceased-patient-file-lawsuit-against-narconon

OKLAHOMA CITY –

Family members of a woman who recently died at a Scientology drug rehab center file a lawsuit against Narconon Arrowhead, this as a former employee comes to Oklahoma, to protest the facility.

Hllary Holton entered in Narconon’s Arrowhead facility for help with her prescription drug addiction in April.  Less than 48 hours later she was dead. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, attorneys say Holton had a medical condition, but employees at Narconon didn’t provide her with the care, or medication she needed.

“I would have died in there, just like they did,” said Colin Henderson.

Henderson was a patient at Narconon Arrowhead back in 2007. He says he had the same problem with his heart medicine.

He left after just weeks, but has been working to shut down the facility ever since 2009. That was about the same time that David Love Edgar left Narconon’s Quebec facility.  He was not only a patient but employee.

“It was hell, it really was.  I saw people taken away in ambulances,” said Edgar.

The two men met for the first time Thursday. They are in Oklahoma for this weekend’s protest to bring awareness to their cause.

“If they don’t shut it down, in my opinion, I think they’re putting their political careers on the line, because if another person dies, you’re not just going to have 100 people come from other countries, but from around the world,” said Edgar.

Love also brought with him piles of documents he will share with Oklahoma Sen. Tom Ivester, Investor has said he wants stricter regulations of Narconon Arrowhead. The documents detail how officials in Quebec were able to force the facility there to close.

“If our state doesn’t move quick enough, somebody else is going to die,” said Henderson.

Love and Henderson believe if Narconon here in Oklahoma is shut down, facilities across the United States will follow. The protest is Saturday at 1 p.m. in McAlester.

Here is a related story dated August, 26, 2012 by Sara Goldenberg appeared on the “2Works for You” website at http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/state/pittsburgh-county-drug-rehab-facility-narconon-arrowhead-under-microscope-with-3rd-death-in-7-months

Pittsburg County drug rehab facility Narconon Arrowhead under microscope with  3rd death in 7 months

CANADIAN, Okla. – A drug rehab facility in Pittsburg County is coming under  scrutiny after authorities say three of its patients died there in the past  seven months.

On Thursday, 20-year-old Stacy Murphy, of Owasso, died after just six weeks  at  Narconon Arrowhead .

Murphy’s father, Robert Murphy, says his daughter got hooked on painkillers  and sought help at the drug and rehab facility.

“There’s no way Stacy should have died,” said Murphy. “This should not have  happened.”

The cold-turkey program touts a more than 70-percent success rate and has  been linked to Scientology.

Murphy says he found out Stacy overdosed and died on Friday morning. He says  he was told by workers Stacy left the facility for a little while and returned.  When she got back, she tested positive for opiates. Murphy says officials left  Stacy in a room where she later died. “She did not have 24-hour staff,  she did not have a physician, she did not have a Narconon shot. Her parents were  not called. Nothing was done to save my daughter’s life,” said Murphy.

Murphy says he didn’t know about the other deaths until weeks after his  daughter’s enrollment.

Murphy hopes Narconon Arrowhead is held accountable.

“There needs to be something done about this place,” he said. “It’s not safe.  Too many people have died there.”

This story has been a hot item on the Internet, here is a sample of what’s out the.  This is from “After Net,” by Maia Szalaviz, dated July, 31, 2012.

Is Scientology’s Narconon Killing Patients?

With seven deaths since 2005, Scientology’s Narconon flagship may finally face criminal charges. The bigger scandal is that faith-based addiction programs are embraced as primary treatment. Where does that leave AA?

Narconon, the Scientology-affiliated rehab is under investigation by the state of Oklahoma, following three patient deaths within the last nine months. Last Wednesday, the inquiry into the July 19 death of 20-year-old Stacy Murphy was expanded to include the April death of 21-year-old Hillary Holten and the October death of 32-year-old Gabriel Graves. The state district attorney has asked the sheriff’s department to deepen its investigation.

The involvement of law-enforcement agencies—not simply regulatory authorities—suggests the possibility of criminal charges against those involved with the deaths. The facility, Narconon Arrowhead, is located near Canadian, Oklahoma. It is not only licensed by the state and listed on the federal addiction program locator, but also accredited by CARF, an organization that claims on its website to “focus on quality, results” in certifying treatment programs.

The 2009 death of 28-year-old Kaysie Dianne Wernick, who was transferred from Narconon Arrowhead to a nearby hospital while suffering a respiratory infection, resulted in an out-of-court settlement of a civil negligence lawsuit, the terms of which have not been disclosed. There have been  Three other death  at that Narconon facility alone since 2005. Over the years, as “The Fix,”  has reported, numerous deaths and many lawsuits have been linked to the international Narconon program.

Oklahoma assistant district attorney Richard Hull told the  “Tulsa World,” that, “After looking at the [earlier] report and additional witness statements, the District Attorney’s Office has requested the Sheriff’s Office to further investigate,” and that full autopsy and toxicology reports have not yet been received. A spokesperson for Narconon Arrowhead told “Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly,”
that program staff found the deaths “deeply saddening” and their loss “has taken an extreme emotional toll on us as well.” Narconon representatives have also told the media that they are cooperating fully with the investigation.

As The Fix reported earlier, the Narconon program is based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “Purification Rundown,” which was originally devised as part of the process required for conversion into Scientology. It involves taking high doses of vitamins and spending four to five hours a day in 150-degree saunas. This is believed to “detoxify” the body and remove drug “residue” that Hubbard claimed was responsible for craving.

There is no scientific evidence, however, that drug “residue” causes craving or that mega-doses of vitamins and marathon super-hot saunas are effective elements in addiction treatment. Indeed, for people who are medically fragile or who have recently taken certain classes of drugs including alcohol, amphetamines and cocaine, intense heat without breaks for relief could potentially lead to hyperthermia, which can be deadly. One study found that 25% of deaths in saunas were associated with alcohol or stimulant use.

Narconon also shares Scientology’s fierce opposition to psychiatry and the use of psychiatric medications, meaning that even if the rest of its methods were evidence-based, it would not be able to effectively treat half of all people with addictions who suffer from co-existing conditions like depression, nor would it utilize the state-of-the-art treatments that include medication. The belief that all psychiatric conditions can be treated via Hubbard’s techniques would not seem to support effective screening and referral for care for these disorders.

In fact, when Narconon was originally fishing for official and popular support to build Narconon Arrowhead rehab in the late 1980s, the  Oklahoma State Board of Mental Health flatly denied approval, pointing out that there was no credible evidence that the program (which also included indoctrination in the teachings of Hubbard) was effective for chemical dependency.

Here is a link to that story: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/scientologys-narconon-killing-patients

 

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