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Scientology front group Narconon targets kids in Oklahoma

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

Scientology front-group Narconon faces license revocation in state of Georgia

State looks into Narconon of Georgia

The Georgia state Department of Community Health has notified Narconon of Georgia it intends to revoke the clinic’s license for misrepresenting itself as a residential drug treatment facility.

  • Narconon of Georgia has been found to be violating its license by running a residential drug rehab program while only permitted to operate as an outpatient facility.
  • “By claiming to be a residential program, they can obviously charge a lot more,” Attorney Jeff Harris told WSB radio.

    He is suing Narconon on behalf of Patrick Desmond’s family after Desmond died in 2008. (Read more here) Narconon’s executive director is accused in that lawsuit of telling both Desmond’s family and the drug court administrator in Brevard County, Florida, that hers was a 24-hour residential treatment facility when it is not. […]

    While profit is one motive for Narconon to claim it is a residential program even though it is not licensed as such, Harris said an outpatient facility is not under as much scrutiny by regulators as is a residential program.

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the revocation action

    came after the department’s latest probe of the Norcross treatment center, the fourth so far this year. In its findings, DCH said that its review of court records from a DeKalb County lawsuit revealed sworn statements from the facility’s executive director confirming that it was knowingly operating as a residential program when licensed only for outpatient services.

  • WSB TV broadcast a series of five reports in October during which a whistleblower told reporter Jodie Fleischer she altered Narconon’s letterhead to remove the word “outpatient” when writing to courts and probation officers around the country.

    Records also showed 21 out of 28 patients interviewed, who told state inspectors they were here from out of state, as part of Narconon’s residential program.

    The DCH Commissioner announced he was launching a new state investigation into the facility’s conduct, and investigators conducted a surprise inspection of the Norcross facility last month.

    For the first time, inspectors cited violations, which fall into the state’s most serious tier, meaning they “caused death or serious physical or emotional harm” or “pose an imminent and serious threat.” […]

    As recently as November, the website belonging to parent organization, Narconon International, was still advertising the Georgia program as residential. However, state investigators repeatedly overturned violations resulting from years of complaints, for fear the evidence wouldn’t hold up in court.

  • Barbara Marschalk, attorney for Narconon of Georgia, said her client has requested a hearing, as allowed by state law. A DCH spokesman told WSB TV those hearings can take months to schedule and the program is allowed to stay open during that time.

Deficiencies report regarding Narconon of Georgia PDF file
Narconon’s response
WSB Radio News Reporter Pete Combs began investigating Narconon of Georgia after learning of the lawsuit filed against the drug rehab organization by the family of Patrick Desmond. This series of reports includes background material and documents. Note: Narconon Debunked by its own Expert, and The Narconon-Scientology Connection

What is Narconon?

What other problems does Narconon currently face?

  • The parents of a 21-year-old Texas woman who died this spring after spending two days at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the organization last August.
  • In November a lawsuit was filed against Narconon Arrowhead by a man who suffered from the same disease as the woman who was found dead at the facility earlier this year.
  • Last April 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.

Research resources on Narconon

NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams report on Narconon, Aug. 14, 2012.