Skeptic News: Narconon of Oklahoma facing further litigation amid recent rehab deaths

From: NBC

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against a Scientology-linked Oklahoma rehabilitation center in the wake of recent deaths at the facility.

Shirley Gilliam, whose son died in Narconon of Oklahoma care last October, filed the third suit against the organization in three months. Stacy Murphy’s family sued earlier this month; Hillary Holten’s parents sued in August.

The lawsuit accuses Narconon of Oklahoma, its California-based parent companies and Dr. Gerald Wootan, Narconon of Oklahoma medical director, of negligence, wrongful death, violation of the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act , vicarious liability and civil conspiracy and punitive and exemplary damages.

Gilliam’s son, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves, of Claremore, was found dead in his room at the Pittsburg County facility.

The suit alleges Graves “requested over-the-counter pain relief and permission to see a physician” earlier that day for a headache and was denied and told a physician was not on staff. Graves also suffered from bouts of illness — including headaches and vomiting — during his time at Narconon , Gilliam claims. Gilliam says she wants Narconon Arrowhead shut down. She last saw her son when he came home to visit, a week before he died.

Three drug rehabilitation patients have died at Narconon Arrowhead within the past year and families of all three have now filed civil lawsuits against the corporation.

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