Attorneys: State buried report that recommended shutting down Narconon Arrowhead

The drug treatment facility is based on principles of Scientology

KRMG News, Oklahoma/September 22, 2014

 By Russell Mills

Tulsa -- A Tulsa attorney hopes to compel the State of Oklahoma's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to release a report on the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation center.

Attorney Gary Richardson went to Pittsburg County Monday to appear before a judge and ask that he force the state to release the report.

Some of the people involved in that investigation, sparked by three deaths at the facility, have also sued in Oklahoma County, claiming the state deliberately buried the report.

Former inspector general for the agency Kim Poff and an investigator, Michael DeLong, say the report called for the facility to be closed, but the state doesn't want to battle the Church of Scientology in court.

Narconon's unorthodox methods are largely based on Scientology, a belief system invented by deceased science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

KRMG called Narconon to ask if anyone could comment on Monday's hearing.

The person who answered the phone said "no thanks" and hung up.

Gabriel Graves of Claremore died at the facility in Pittburg County in 2011.

Stacey Dawn Murphy, of Owasso, and Hillary Holten of Carrollton, Texas both died there in 2012.

The facility claims to have medical staff on hand at all times, but attorney Gary Richardson who represents several plaintiffs who are suing Narconon Arrowhead says that's simply not true.

They also claim to have an amazingly high success rate, which he says is also false.

Narconon Arrowhead is the largest Narconon facility.

A check of Pittsburg County court records uncovered more than three dozen lawsuits filed in the last few years for fraud, negligence, and wrongful death.

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