Narconon Rainbow Canyon Nevada Lawsuit
In a federal lawsuit against Narconon Rainbow Canyon Nevada, David, Stacy, and Jack Welch are suing for Breach of Contract, Fraud, and Negligence.
The Welch story begins in August of 2013 when Stacy Welch was searching the Internet for a drug rehabilitation facility for her 19-year-old son, Jack. Stacy found a website that purported to provide help in finding an appropriate drug rehabilitation facility.
From this point on, the Welch story is similar to that of other Narconon victims. As a result of her online search, Stacy makes contact with an independent consultant who strongly recommends the Narconon Fresh Start program. He pressures Stacy by stressing the urgency and appealing to her love of Jack by claiming that Jack could wind up dead if she does not act quickly. Stacy is then put in contact with a Narconon representative who used a 76% success rate for its Narconon program and promises that Jack would receive extensive counseling for drug abuse at Narconon.
When David asked whether the program had anything to with Scientology, the Narconon representative assured him the program had nothing to do with Scientology. At this point, the Narconon representative stated that the program fee was $33,000 and it was to be paid up front. Jack was told to attend a medical detox program in California before starting the program in Caliente, Nevada.
The Welch lawsuit claims that staff members were abusing alcohol at the detox facility and there were no medical personnel at the facility though it was called “medical detox.”
The lawsuit also alleges that during Jack’s time at Narconon Rainbow Canyon facility, two staff members had to be “quarantined off” from patients because of their continued drug use. One staff member was smoking marijuana and the other crack cocaine. The lawsuit also alleges that most, if not all, of Narconon staff members have no other qualification for working with persons with substance abuse problems other than the fact that they completed the Narconon program. Narconon staff members have no formal training in healthcare, such as nursing, or in counseling.
The complaint states that Jack received no drug abuse counseling nor did anyone speak to him about substance abuse. Instead, Jack was made to study eight books written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Jack was also forced to undergo the Narconon New Life Detoxification program. The sauna program requires vigorous exercise following by the ingestion of high doses of Niacin and a “vitamin bomb” before entering a 160-180 degree F sauna for six hours day over a period of five weeks.
After one week of the sauna program, Jack began to have tremors. His hands would shake rapidly and his head would move involuntarily from side-to-side. Since then, Jack has continued to have tremors as much as three times per week. Narconon represented to the Welches that its sauna program is medically safe and has been scientifically-proven as effective. Contrary to Narconon’s claims, there is no scientific evidence that its sauna program flushes residual drug toxins out of students’ fatty tissue. Nor is there any scientific evidence for Narconon’s premise underlying the sauna program: That residual drug toxin stored in fatty tissue leak into the bloodstream and cause drug cravings.
The lawsuit also sought punitive or exemplary damages 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.