Detox center tied to Scientology ordered to produce personnel records
A state judge has ordered a controversial private drug treatment center in Oklahoma to produce the records of employees and patients who are alleged to have used illegal substances at the facility during the six-year period from 2004 to 2010.
Associate District Judge Jim Bland issued the order in a negligence lawsuit filed against Narconon Arrowhead, a detox facility rooted in the teachings of Scientology, by the parents of a former client, Heather Landmeier.
Landmeier, 28, has been in a vegatative state since 2008 when she overdosed on heroin and Oxycotin in a Tulsa hotel room one day after being expelled from Narconon Arrowhead for testing positive for drug use.
Her parents sued the treatment facility for neglect, accusing it of allowing drug and alcohol use by its staff, trainees and clients.
Narconon Arrowhead officials have denied the accusations, saying drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden.
Other lawsuits have been filed against Narconon Arrowhead, located in the tiny town of Canadian in southeast Oklahoma, in connection with three deaths at the facility in 2011 and 2012. In addition, state officials are investigating the center.
The facility’s unorthodox approach to detoxification has drawn controversy. It includes doses of vitamins and sauna sessions, with treatment philosophy based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Some critics have said the center is a recruiting tool for the church.