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November 20, 2012

ME Report-Woman died of accidental overdose at Narconon Arrowhead

McALESTER — A young woman died from an accidental overdose at Narconon Arrowhead according to the toxicological report released today by Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City. 

Stacy Murphy, 20,  was found dead in July at the facility and state federal and county officials have been waiting for the results of her autopsy to complete an investigation after her death and the deaths of three others who also died while patients of the Scientology based drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Canadian.
Regarding the death of Murphy, “The cause of death is acute Oxymorphone toxicity and the manner is reported as accidental,” according to Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the chief medical examiner in Oklahoma City.
Murphy’s death, along with three others who also died while patients at the facility, have been the subject of an ongoing investigation by federal, state and county officials.
 Murphy’s death followed three others since 2009. Two of the deaths occurred at the facility in a span of less then a year.
In October, Gabriel Graves, 31, was found dead in his bed at the facility, and then in April, Holten was found dead in her bed at the facility. And in 2009, Kaysie Werninck also died while a patient at the facility.
In August, a lawsuit was filed by Matthew and Suzan Holten, the parents of Hillary Holten.
The suit, filed in Pittsburg County District Court on Aug. 23, alleges that Narconon did not provide adequate medical care for their daughter, Hillary Holten, and that she died as a result of Narconon’s negligence.
According to the lawsuit, after Hillary Holten was admitted to a hospital for health-related issues, she tested positive for drugs.
Her parents found Narconon Arrowhead after searching for a rehabilitation center with “the hopes that she could obtain treatment for drug issues,” the lawsuit alleges.

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