McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


October 8, 2012

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



Filed by trial lawyers Gary L. Richardson and Charles L.  Richardson who represent the plaintiffs, the lawsuit alleges wrongful death, negligence, and violation of the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act. 
“The death of Stacy Murphy is a real tragedy,” the attorneys said in a press release.
 “She was addicted to drugs and she and her parents were introduced to Narconon when they sought treatment for Stacy, the press release states. “They were provided misleading information on the Narconon website and by Narconon representatives, which led them to believe that Narconon Arrowhead would be a safe and effective treatment facility.”
On Thursday, attnorney Gary Richardson said litigation against Narconon Arrowhead was pending for the family of Gabriel Graves, who was also found dead at the facility.
According to police reports,  from October 2011 until July of 2012 three people were found dead at the facility.
In Oct. the body of Gabriel Graves, 32, was found dead in his bed facing a wall in his room at the facility then in April, Hillary Holten, 21,  was found dead face down in her bed also in her room at the facility and in July, Murphy was also found dead at Narconon facility.
 Officials are also looking into the 2009 death of Kaysie Dianne Werninck, 28, who also died while admitted as a Narconon patient. 
The attorneys also allege that Narconon Arrowhead fraudulently tells potential students that a physician is on staff 24 hours a day. “Instead, a physician is present only once a week.”
In August  another lawsuit was filed by Matthew and Suzan Holten, the parents of Hillary Holten.
According to court records, a civil lawsuit filed in Pittsburg County Court on August 23, alleges that Narconon did not provide adequate medical care for Hillary Holten and that she died as a result of Narconon’s negligence.
In the case filed Friday for the Murphy family, the attorneys allege that “Narconon ... and ABLE an umbrella group that oversees the drug rehabilitation, education and criminal justice activities of the Church of Scientology... all rely exclusively on the written 'technology' of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, to address the drug and alcohol rehabilitation needs of students enrolled in Narconon programs. This despite the fact that  Hubbard had no known training or education in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. However, instead of providing drug rehabilitation, the defendants have concealed, and continue to conceal, the Narconon program's true relationship with ABLE by teaching the Hubbard technology.” 

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