Numerous Deaths & Injuries May Be Linked to Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Practices
At least four patients have died while under the care of Narconon in Oklahoma and many more have suffered severe injuries at numerous Narconon Drug Rehabilitation facilities around the world. Narconon International is an organization which promotes L. Ron Hubbard’s theories of substance abuse treatment.
If you’re reading this page, there’s a good chance you already know what Narconon is — and more importantly, what it is not. In any case, here’s a brief overview of this duplicitous organization. Narconon purports to be an in-patient drug rehabilitation facility offering high-quality drug intervention programs with extensive counseling services. Patients often get referred to Narconon from supposedly independent “help lines” on the Internet. Narconon tells patients, or just as often, patients’ family members, that they offer state-of-the-art drug treatments and scientifically proven methods of counseling. Some prospective clients are told that Narconon has a 70-80 % drug treatment success rate. Narconon also promises that these treatments will be administered in a safe, clean environment.
But when patients enter the treatment program, after having paid approximately $30,000.00, they discover they’ve been duped. Patients are instructed to undergo absurd “treatments” such as staring at an ashtray for several hours, or staring into another patient’s eyes without talking for extended periods of time. The centerpiece of Narconon’s program is its weeks-long sauna treatment. Patients are instructed to ingest extreme dosages of Niacin and other vitamins — well above what the FDA recommends — and sit in a sauna for very long periods of time. Patients are coerced into signing an acknowledgement that the sauna program is not, in fact, a medical treatment, but is actually an educational program. Most troublesome is the fact that there is no medical supervision of any kind for the patients.
Most of Narconon’s treatments come from Scientology. The sauna program, for example, comes from an L. Ron Hubbard book about detoxification and appears to be the same as a Scientology ritual known as the “Purification Rundown.” (Hubbard’s ideas about detoxification have not withstood scrutiny from the medical community, and have been criticized as dangerous.) Many of the books patients are instructed to read during the Narconon program are books based on Church of Scientology teachings. Narconon does not disclose to patients before entering its program that many of its programs are based on teachings from the Church of Scientology.
Narconon uses a “bait and switch” tactic to prey on families in their time of need. When families truly need to get help for a loved one suffering from drug addiction, Narconon offers pseudo-science and potentially dangerous treatment methods. Worst of all, patients and families do not find about Narconon’s methods until patients are already in the program.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of Narconon’s deceit, contact Saeed and Little, LLP to discuss your legal options.
We represent and help former patients of Narconon who allege in Narconon lawsuits that they have been harmed by Narconon’s misrepresentation of its drug rehabilitation program and by its methods of treating patients with non-medically approved treatment. In 2004, a California school study concluded that Narconon’s program did not reflect medically and scientifically based practices and that it offered students misleading information about drug use and abuse. The study was conducted after Narconon officials offered an anti-drug program to public schools in California, free of charge.
Mr. Little and Mr. Miller currently have numerous state and federal lawsuits pending against Narconon Fresh Start, doing business as Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, Nevada and numerous lawsuits against Narconon Fresh Start, Narconon Fresh Start in Albion, Michigan, Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Warner Springs, California and Narconon in Fort Collins, Colorado.
If you or a loved one were misrepresented by Narconon’s drug rehabilitation claims or suffered harm due to Narconon’s drug rehabilitation practices, attorneys David Miller and Jon Little would like to speak with you. Please call Mr. Little at (317) 721-9214. As you can imagine their are hundreds of people contacting us about Narconon and it may take awhile to return your inquiries.
Do I have a case against Narconon?
Attorneys David Miller and Jonathan Little are reviewing potential liability lawsuits for patients of Narconon. Call Jonathan Little at (317) 721-9214 or fill out the form to see if you are eligible for a potential Narconon lawsuit. Drug rehabilitation firms are required by law to engage in medically and scientifically based practices. You may be eligible for a refund of the fees paid to Narconon and for compensation from Narconon for the following:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death
Do not delay! Your Narconon lawsuit may have time sensitive criteria that may prevent you from filing a case. Contact us today to see if you are eligible to file a Narconon lawsuit.