John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Kirstie Alley, all linked to promoting and fundraising for the deadly Narconon drug treatment centers, have attracted courageous public and media outcry from far and wide. More than 15 patients have died inside Scientology’s Narconon rehabs.
On November 26, 2012, senior writer Patricia Shipp from the National Enquirer in California contacted David Love in Montreal concerning the recent patient deaths inside Narconon. After receiving nearly 300 pages of evidence documents, Shipp was astounded by the bogus operations and by how this controversial treatment is able to remain open in the USA and elsewhere.
The demise of Scientology’s drug rehab centers around the globe is imminent as they face numerous wrongful patient death lawsuits and government investigations. Over the past several months, media have aired and publicized the tragic human devastation resulting from the pseudoscience and quackery of Scientology’s Narconon drug rehab programs.
Connie Werninck lost her 21-year-old daughter Kaysie while she was in the Narconon program back in 2009.
In a recent National Enquirer world exclusive, Werninck tearfully said: “If I could talk directly to John Travolta, I would tell him the program he is supporting is responsible for killing my daughter!”
In the December 17 Enquirer issue, Lucas Catton, the former president of the Narconon Arrowhead facility in Oklahoma, along with relatives of those who died during treatment, slammed Travolta for offering moral and financial support to Narconon. In an interview with Radio Paul last week, Catton stated he definitely “would not recommend” this dangerous drug rehab program to suffering addicts.
Without a doubt, when superstars the likes of Travolta put their names and millions into what Scientology touts as a “social betterment group,” as Narconon is claimed to be, unwary and desperate victims listen. Who wouldn’t want to send their addicted loved one to the very best rehab?
Tom Cruise insists that Narconon is the world’s only successful drug rehabilitation program and boasts that he has “personally helped hundreds of people get off drugs.”
Cruise asserts that Narconon is “the only successful drug rehabilitation program in the world,” adding: “It’s a statistically proven fact that there is only one successful drug rehabilitation program in the world — period.” He ascribes criticism of Narconon to religious bigotry: “A minority wants to hate — okay. For me, it’s connected with intolerance”.
However, Professor Stephen Kent and many others in North America and abroad have connected the dots from Scientology to Narconon directly and emphasize that the “engine behind the program is Scientology.”
Emmy award-winning actress Kirstie Alley became the spokesperson for Narconon International in 1990. Kirstie was also instrumental in helping establish the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center in Oklahoma, which became Narconon’s flagship and training center and later expanded to become the prestigious Narconon Arrowhead facility.
Kirstie states: “The Narconon program doesn’t just help them learn to live with their problem — it banishes the problem forever. Frankly, it’s miraculous. Every time I see a graduate of the Narconon program, I know that my commitment is worthwhile.”
Also of grave concern recently is the apparent exploitation of Narconon patients for free slave labour as interns after they graduate from the program. Instead of leaving and participating in an appropriate aftercare program to help stay clean and sober, the patient receives further Scientology indoctrination courses and remains there to work for a pittance.
Unfortunately, the turnover rate is horrendous and many patients relapse. Narconon may be facing the US federal Department of Labour in the near future if formal complaints are filed soon.
“The bottom line: You can’t just call people interns to avoid paying them,” as Rosemary Gousman, Murray Hill, N.J.-based regional managing partner at Fisher and Phillips, a labor-law firm, told Newhouse News Service in 2008.
Reporter Katherine Reynolds Lewis noted that “The US Department of Labour collected $221 million in back wages for workers in fiscal 2007, and received 24,950 new complaints about wage and hour violations. The government doesn’t specifically track whether a complaint is related to an internship.”
The reporter also pointed out that “the federal Labor Department takes complaints on the Web, in local district offices, and through the toll-free number 1-866-487-9243 (4-USWAGE). Officials will investigate whether internships violate wage and hour laws, or other labor laws.”
One of the sources interviewed about Narconon in the USA expressed great concern about Hollywood promoting such a deadly Scientology rehab: “When superstars talk, people hear a message and the ones who succumb, risk death — this should not be permitted to continue. These stars have blood on their hands.”
With the government shutdown of Narconon near Montreal this year, the disappearance of Narconon Canada Continental, and the recent Narconon closure in the United Kingdom, Scientology faces an ominous future indeed.
Although Narconon Trois-Rivieres staff were instructed not to talk to media about the center being shut down, Émilie Marin, Sylvain Bérard, Julie Ann Pagé, Odette Poulin,
and Sylvie Houde, spoke to Paule Vermot Desroches at Le Nouvelliste.
“Some of these cases weren’t admissible to the program because it requires cutting off their medication. But the administration chose to keep them anyway. There were several instances of attempted suicide during the past few months. By law, immediate medical assistance should have been provided, but management decided to keep these persons without calling for an ambulance,” says the former employee.
His colleague, Julie Ann Pagé remembers a female resident who, less than ten days earlier, made at least two suicide attempts in one day, but she was not referred to a hospital. Ms. Pagé says that incidents like this were blamed on the employees for supposedly “not delivering enough.”
All of the employees gathered around the table said they had received no pay for at least six weeks, and neither had they received the 4% of salary due to them at the termination of employment. Yesterday morning, they went to the labour standards commission office to inquire about their possible recourse.
“There were several times we didn’t get paid on time. But they promised us all sorts of things. It was lie after lie. We weren’t supposed to talk about it with each other, otherwise we risked getting fired,” remembers Sylvie Houde.
“We had no right to have a personal opinion. The only thing that mattered was their teaching of Scientology. Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want them to do to you. This was one of their internal rules, but they themselves don’t apply it. They have no respect for us or for the residents,” says Sylvie Houde.
“But it was time for the government to close down Narconon Trois-Rivières because psychiatric cases are out of line with our capabilities. The situation had become dangerous,” said Mr. Bérard. “We’re playing with people’s lives,” adds Julie Ann Pagé.
Currently in the USA, several wrongful death lawsuits are proceeding and people gather at public protests to insist that Scientology rehabs be shut down immediately and stand accountable for their crimes. Radio Paul, Bert Leahy, Colin Henderson, and countless others are courageously speaking out to help the governments and citizens of the United States understand that more victims will die if something is not done soon to stop it.
Hollywood Super Stars claiming “Narconon is the best” are losing their credibility around the globe as Scientology drug rehabs are coming under scrutiny from the College of Physicians, Health agencies, human rights commissions, and even criminal investigations currently in the USA.
After reviewing numerous expert opinions about drug detoxification and addiction treatment, it is this writers opinion that Scientology should consider getting out of the drug treatment business and leave it to the medical professionals – – obviously Narconon is a deadly place and the suffering of desperate addicts and their loved ones is a tragedy indeed.
Scientology in 2013, is facing numerous wrongful death lawsuits and human rights and freedoms violations, including exploitation and discrimination investigations.
A small sample of emergency 911 calls (very disturbing), received by Oklahoma authorities concerning patients at Narconon Arrowhead, can be viewed here:
Bert Leahy Video:
Reaching For the Tipping Point – Narconon Deaths:
David Edgar Love