Narconon Lawsuits Allege Fraud, Death, and Injuries
In the numerous federal lawsuits against Narconon Fresh Start, doing business as Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Nevada, Plaintiffs have claimed that Narconon lured them into a drug program they believed to be secular, medically supervised drug treatment with at least a 70% success rate- all of these claims turned out to be false.
The facts presented by the parties suing Narconon have numerous similarities. All lawsuits speak of detoxification in hot saunas to flush residual drug toxins out of students’ fatty tissue even though there is no scientific evidence to support such treatment. Both lawsuits also claim that the parents of the young adults seeking treatment were told about a 76% success rate even though the industry standard is less than 25%.
Numerous lawsuits pending against Narconon Fresh Start, doing business as Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Warner Springs, California. Again, in both San Diego County cases, the lawsuit allegations are similar to those in Nevada. The families were told of a success rate much higher than the industry average, were pressured into paying more than $30,000 up front, never told of the role Scientology would play in the drug treatment, and the patients were subjected to ingesting large doses of niacin in conjunction with hot saunas for hours at a time and nearly every day of the week.
One of the earliest reports linking deaths to the Narconon program goes back to 1995 when two young men in their 20’s died at a Narconon facility in Italy. The young men died within a few days of one another, in the so-called ‘detoxification’ stage of the Narconon program.
At the Narconon Arrowhead, Oklahoma facility, four patients died in a three year period from 2009 to 2012. The investigation into Narconon continues but the Oklahoma Senate has passed “Stacy’s Law” after one of the victims, Stacy Murphy, to regulate facilities such as Narconon Arrowhead. And, Narconon Arrowhead’s top executive Gary Smith and several of his employees had their counseling certification revoked by the National Association of Forensic Counselors. Narconon Arrowhead’s medical detox facility in McAlester also lost its state certification after a temporary permit expired.
Attorneys David Miller and Jonathan Little continue to review 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 to file a lawsuit against Narconon.