Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: August 17, 2012
Sen. Tom Ivester
Ivester plans legislation in wake of Narconon
Sen. Tom Ivester said he will work with officials at Oklahoma’s
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to author
legislation aimed at regulating questionable practices of a drug
treatment program with close ties to the Church of Scientology.
“A recent in-depth investigation by NBC’s national news program,
“Rock Center,” highlighted the story of three people who walked into
the Narconon Arrowhead facility expecting to leave with a new
outlook on life but ended up losing their lives,” Ivester said. “The
parents trusted Narconon to give their children the help they needed
to get clean. Instead they got a phone call telling them their child
would not be coming home alive.”
Ivester said he believes the state could impose strict
regulations of unorthodox drug treatment programs, like the one
being run at Narconon Arrowhead that requires patients to endure
five hours of extreme heat in a sauna and taking questionable doses
of the vitamin Niacin.
“There are proven treatment regimens to help people deal with the
illness of addiction and we have a duty to ensure that programs
being offered within the borders of Oklahoma are strongly regulated
to ensure the upmost safety for these vulnerable patients and their
families,” said the Democrat from Sayre.
The lawmaker said a quick legal search revealed no less than 15
lawsuits against the facility on Lake Eufaula.
“Clearly something isn’t right and we have a moral obligation to
do everything in our power to end this predatory business being run
by the Church of Scientology disguised as drug treatment,” he said.
Ivester vowed not to stop until legislation is signed into law
ending these senseless deaths and the exploitation of desperate
“This is a disgusting business that preys on desperate family
members and their sick loved ones, scamming them out of thousands of
dollars with the promise of providing hope and new life,” Ivester
said. “It’s a disgrace to have these people operating in the state
of Oklahoma. Too many lives have been lost under their watch.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Ivester: (405) 521-5545