The Quebec Health Board “Slams” the Scientology Rehab, Narconon, for exploiting desperate families by promising an 80% success rate and placing patient’s health in danger by forcing patients to ingest toxic doses of vitamins in extreme, dangerous doses and not having any qualified medical staff at Narconon Trois-Rivieres.
In recent months, four Narconon Trois-Rivieres patients were taken to hospital emergency, suffering a variety of ailments due to unsafe and dangerous Scientology detoxification methods nor recognized in current scientific or medical literature. In a Health Agency press release to Trois-Rivières daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste, April 17, 2012, the Health Agency brought up several questionable procedures used by Narconon, for example its sudation method combined with massive doses of medications, as well as the absence of medical supervision. The center was ordered to immediately cease its activities and to relocate the twenty-four residents who were there.
On April 18, 2012, five Narconon staff members met with news media to express their concerns of patient mistreatment and also not being paid wages and stated in part, “… that the center’s administration left much to be desired and sometimes even endangered the safety of certain residents and employees.” Staff cited financial greed taking precedent over patient safety and clients were admitted with more serious problems of a psychiatric nature. In a newspaper article by Paule Vermot Desroches, Le NouvellisteApril 18, 2012, staff stated, “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.
Employees 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. – “…we were treated like assholes, as less than nothing”, said one employee.
“Right now, they’re taking away all of the center’s records, confidential files they don’t want anyone to see because of the crooked way they manage,” said Odette Poulin.
Another concerned employee stated he “….suspects that the Narconon Trois-Rivières administration is now turning to Toronto to open a new center. I think this is the biggest danger, because they’ll open somewhere else in Canada. The whole country needs to be aware of what’s happening.“
David Love began exposing the dangers of this Scientology Rehab in the Montreal Examiner on November 20, 2011, when “Insider” leaks began to arrive in his email box from employees working at Narconon Trois-Rivieres. One patient being refused his insulin rang a clear danger signal after nearly dying and admitted to hospital emergency. Another patient’s medication was refused, resulting in a suicide attempt. There are countless patient abuses and patient sexual exploitation currently under investigations. Indeed, some traumatic experienced by these vulnerable patients.
Following the Quebec Scientology Rehab closure, Narconon Arrowhead in the USA is now under scrutiny with an April 22, 2012 McALESTER newspaper article by writer Jeanne LeFlore: “Two people have died in the last six months at Narconon Arrowhead, also the subject of an earlier lawsuit and an ongoing investigation into recent deaths into the facility. Narconon Arrowhead in Canadian is a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Hillary Holten, 21, and Garbriel Graves, 32, were found dead at Narconon Arrowhead within the last six months.”
Scientology’s Rehab, Narconon, is one of their most lucrative entities, with revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars exploited from vulnerable and very ill patients suffering from the debilitating disease of alcohol and drug addiction. According to many victims, they were far worse off after they completed the Narconon treatment, than before they arrived, and relapsed within days of graduation. The Narconon program fees are approximately $30,000.00 depending on which center one attends.
There are serious, ongoing investigations in Canada and other countries, into the dangerous practices of Scientology-Narconon, including several formal complaints to the Quebec Human Rights Commission for “Exploitation of a Handicap.” In Canada, all persons in a rehab center being treated for addiction disease are classed as handicap or disabled. This fitting proclamation was recently handed down from the Supreme Court of Canada.
Even though the center is now closed, a protest is scheduled this Sunday, April 29, 2012, in front of Narconon Trois-Rivieres in remembrance of the victimized and deceased Narconon patients.
David Edgar Love