Skeptic News: Narconon Arrowhead Legislation Passed

images (1)From: Wire Service Canada

Senator Ivester promised several months ago, to draft new legislation to ensure safer patient care, and to prevent further deaths of patients in pseudoscientific, unqualified centers.

Scientology’s flag ship, Narconon Arrowhead, was under media, health, and government scrutiny following three recent deaths while in the center. Ivester stated that Section 3-415. A. 1. “The Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall promulgate rules and standards for certification for private facilities and organizations which provide treatment, counseling, recovery, and rehabilitation services directed toward alcohol- and drug-dependent persons. These facilities and organizations shall be known as “Certified Services for the Alcohol and Drug Dependent”. Only certified facilities may receive and assist alcohol- and drug-dependent persons by providing treatment, recovery support, and rehabilitation. The Board or the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services upon delegation by the Board, may postpone, deny renewal of, revoke, or suspend the certification of the facility for failure to comply with rules and standards promulgated by the Board.”

Notable, is Narconon Arrowhead and all addiction treatment centers in Oklahoma, must comply with: “Approved medical and professional standards as determined by the Board.”

The new legislation, due to come into effect later this month has serious implications for Narconon centres in the state as it would limit their ability to provide psuedoscientific treatments based on the writings of L. Ron Hubbard. It may prevent Scientologists from running dangerous rehabilitation clinics for drugs and alcohol.

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