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November 26, 2012

Negilgence lawsuit filed against Narconon Arrowhead

McALESTER — A lawsuit was filed today against Narconon Arrowhead by a man who suffered from the same disease as a woman who was found dead at the facility earlier this year.

The suit was filed in Pittsburg County District Court by 21-year-old William Scott a former patient of the facility who has a medical condition called from Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, which requires daily medication, according to the lawsuit.
The condition is also the same that of 21-year-old Hillary Holten who was found dead at the facility in April.
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of lawsuits filed this year and an ongoing investigation into facility after three people were found dead in a span of nine months. A fourth person also died in 2009 while a patient of the facility. 
An answer on whether criminal charges will be filed in the deaths could be expected according to District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward.
Scott is seeking more than $75,000 in damages according the  lawsuit which alleges negligence, violation of the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act, vicarious liability and civil conspiracy.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Narconon of Oklahoma doing business as Narconon Arrowhead, an Oklahoma corporation; Narconon International, a foreign corporation based in California; Association for Better Living and  Education International, a foreign corporation based in California; and Gerald D. Wootan, DO, M.Ed., medical director of Narconon of Oklahoma.
A request for a response from Narconon Arrowhead was not returned by presstime today.
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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