Scientology front group Narconon targets kids in Oklahoma

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Parents in Asher, Oklahoma are concerned about the fact that a controversial Scientology front group made a presentation — and handed out literature — at a local school.

One parent who contacted local TV station KWTV said her kindergartner was given a coloring book that turned out to have been published by Narconon.

According to the station

Terry Grissom, the superintendent for Asher schools says they were not aware of Narconon’s ties to the Church of Scientology until parents contacted them. Grissom says they chose the group’s drug free presentation because they were free. Others typically charge.

A Narconon spokesperson says they have been doing drug education in Oklahoma for 22 years and reached half a million kids. Since October of 2012 Narconon says it has delivered 144 presentations to thousands of students in schools across the state.

Grissom says Narconon probably won’t be allowed back into the school.


The station, which has been investigating Narconon for several months, says it has been contacted by concerned parents from across Oklahoma.

Junk Science

Narconon bills itself as an organization that provides drug rehabilitation and drug education. However, its treatment is based on the ludicrous medical claims of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

A science fiction writer, Hubbard has been exposed as a fantasist. He built Scientology on what amounts to junk science. In our opinion it follows that any kind of treatment based on his teachings amounts to nothing short of quackery.

The Narconon location that made a presentation at the Asher school is Narconon Arrowhead — where three patients died since October, 2011.

Last week Gary Smith, the chief executive officer of Narconon Arrowhead, and several of the center’s employees had their drug counseling certifications revoked.

In the state of Georgia Narconon also faces license revocation.

In April 2011 health officials in Quebec, Canada ordered the Narconon rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Trois Rivières to evacuate and relocate its 32 residents, citing concerns over procedures that “may represent a risk to health” and a lack of doctors on staff.

In 2005 State Superintendent Jack O’Connell urged all California schools to drop the Narconon antidrug education program after a state evaluation concluded that the group’s curriculum offers inaccurate and unscientific information.

Scientology front groups

The Scientology cult uses a number of front groups that latch on to popular causes. Critics say they do so in an attempt to gain legitimacy, introduce Hubbard’s teachings, and market Scientology.

The cult is particularly interested in reaching school children:

Scientology worms its way into schools
Scientology lessons in Australian schools
Revealed: how Scientologists infiltrated Britain’s schools
Scientology reaches into schools through Narconon
Scientology and the schools
The Narconon-Scientology Connection
Research resources on Narconon

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This post was last updated: May. 9, 2014