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October 8, 2012

Lawsuit: "Narconon operates a dangerous, unsafe and unsupervised drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.”

McALESTER — The parents of a patient  found dead at Narconon Arrowhead this summer have  filed a lawsuit against the facility and its medical director alleging  “Narconon’s actions were grossly negligent, willful, wanton and reckless resulting in the suffering and death of Stacy Murphy, the plaintiff’s daughter.”The suit also alleges Narconon and ABLE acted together in concert to “tortuously operate a dangerous, unsafe an unsupervised drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.”Narconon Arrowhead is a nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center at Canadian which has been the center of an ongoing investigation after the deaths of four patients. Three of the deaths occurred at the facility in the last year.

Robert Murphy and Tonya White, parents of 20-year-old Stacy Dawn Murphy of Owasso, seek damages in excess of $75,000 from Narconon Arrowhead, Narconon International, the Association for Better Living and Education International and Dr. Gerald Wootan.
The lawsuit alleges that “Narconon’s actions were grossly negligent, willful, wanton and reckless resulting in the suffering and death of Stacy Murphy, the plaintiff’s daughter.”
The suit also alleges Narconon and ABLE acted together in concert to “tortuously operate a dangerous, unsafe an unsupervised drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.”
On Friday, Stacy’s father said he’s relieved to have the suit filed.
“I’m glad it’s done. Now we can get to the truth,” said Stacy’s father.
Officials at the facility have declined comment. An attorney for Narconon, M. David Riggs, states in a letter to the McAlester News-Capital that federal law prohibits the disclosure of information about participants in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, and that family members have not consented to release information about Murphy and others who have died in connection with Narconon.
Robert Murphy said the suit had to be filed.
 “Obviously now you have to file a suit to the evidence to get to the truth.”

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