McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


October 8, 2012

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



The suit also alleges that students of Narconon receive no counseling or education in drug or alcohol rehabilitation ... and  discussion of drugs and their effects among students and staff is actually discouraged. Instead (Narconon) believe that strict adherence to the Hubbard techonolgy is addresses the rehabilitation needs of it’s students.
The lawsuit states that “Narconon staff is mostly composed of former students of the program and they lack training and education in fields of both drug and alcohol rehabilitation and were not sufficiently trained to evaluate and under stand the serious nature of Stacy Murphy’s condition.”
Her parents were introduced to Narconon when they sought treatment for Stacy. 
According to the lawsuit, “Stacy Murphy became addicted to prescription drugs, and when her addiction escalated to the use of heroin, her parents searched the Internet for safe and effective rehabilitation facilities. After reviewing misleading and fraudulent information provided by the Narconon website, Stacy's parents believed that Narconon Arrowhead would be a safe and effective treatment facility for her, and Stacy agreed to seek treatment there.
 After several weeks of treatment, Stacy requested and was granted a leave of absence to visit her family outside the facility, even though she did not meet any of the criteria for a leave of absence. On July 17, 2012, Stacy left the facility with the permission of Narconon Arrowhead, which violated the facility's own Student Visitors and Leave Rules.
Stacy returned to the facility the next day and sometime later that evening, Narconon Arrowhead staff allegedly observed Stacy and believed she was under the influence of drugs and she was sent to the facility's Withdrawal Unit.”
According the lawsuit, while Stacy was in the Withdrawal Unit, there was no nurse or physician on staff within the facility and, for at least two hours following a shift change, there were no staff members present within the facility to supervise Stacy. “This was in complete contradiction to the statements and assurances made to Stacy's parents about Narconon Arrowhead's staff, specifically, assurances that a physician would be present 24 hours a day,” the lawsuit states.
Stacy was found dead in the Withdrawal Unit on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at approximately 9:20 a.m., the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit further states that the defendants had a duty to Stacy Murphy to exercise the required national standards of care to ensure that she was provided a safe, scientifically and medically based, reasonably supervised rehabilitation treatment services.
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