Saturday, April 28, 2012

Closure of Narconon announced

Translation by mnql1 of a French article posted on April 17, 2012 on the website of the Journal de Montréal: Fermeture annoncée pour Narconon

 Quebec is expected to close the detoxification center linked to the controversial Church of Scientology

The Health and Social Services Agency for the Mauricie region met yesterday with the directors of Narconon, a drug detoxification center linked to the controversial Church of Scientology. According to our sources, Quebec is expected to put an end to Narconon's activities.

By Émilie Dubreuil

Spending seven to eight hours a day in a sauna for 21 days, shouting at an ashtray, ingesting massive vitamin doses - this, among other things, is the treatment that Narconon Trois-Rivières offers drug addicts.

This peculiar detoxification method is based on the writings of the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.

A typical two-to-three-month stay at Narconon Trois-Rivières costs $23,000.

Many families of drug addicts do not hesitate to invest this amount to help their loved ones deal with their addiction.

Moreover, Narconon Trois-Rivières claims that its success rate is 80%, which is far above average.

Multiple complaints

The center's clientele comes mainly from the United States and English Canada.

The latter is the case for David Edgar Love, who arrived at Narconon Trois-Rivières addicted to cocaine and medications. He emerged one year later weaned off drugs, but completely traumatized.

Since then, with the support of the Anonymous group that campaigns worldwide against the activities of the Church of Scientology, Love has filed multiple formal complaints with the College of Physicians, the Human Rights Commission and the Canada Revenue Agency.

David Love has also organized various protests to draw media attention to Narconon's questionable methods.


At the same time these efforts were unfolding, the regional Health and Social Services Agency conducted an investigation and met with former dissatisfied patients.

This investigation was part of a certification process for detoxification centers located in the province of Quebec.

This initiative began in Quebec in 2007. It was learned that Narconon employees were offering courses in certain Quebec schools, teaching basic Scientology principles to young students.

The Health and Social Services Agency convened the media this morning to report on this case, but news of the closure had already reached David Love and he is very pleased about it.

"I feel I did my duty," he said.

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