Oklahoma’s News 9 reported today, Nov 11, 2014, that, “A former Investigator into the Scientology based Narconon Arrowhead says she was fired in retaliation for going public. News 9 was the first to report the two investigators into the drug treatment facility were suing the state for wrongful termination.”
Investigators say the Scientology-based drug treatment center Narconon Arrowhead, violated numerous state laws and should be shut down, but claim the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse hid the results of that investigation.
Former Inspector General Kim Poff and Michael DeLong, the two highest ranking investigators with the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, say “they were fired after they objected to the state keeping the findings of their investigation secret and they have now filed a wrongful termination suit.”
“In 2012, after three people died in nine months’ time at the Narconon Arrowhead drug treatment facility, the State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse launched an investigation. A full year later in August of 2013, family members were still waiting for answers and the agency told News 9 they were still investigating.”
Because the Department (ODMHSAS) did not want to get involved with litigation involving the Church of Scientology, the agency, including Commissioner Terry White, “attempted to hide the findings of Ms. Poff and Mr. DeLong. Narconon is a Scientology entity controlled, directed, and administered by the powerful, billion dollar cult empire. Governments, media, lawyers, and individuals who take on Scientology, know all too well, how financially and resource draining litigation can be.
The two investigators of Narconon Arrowhead say they were wrongfully terminated when they pushed for the results of their investigation be made public. Poff and DeLong then filed a wrongful termination suit.
“After that report aired, Kim Poff was fired again from her new job as an investigator with DHS. According to Rachel Bussett, Kimberly Poff’s attorney, the day after the story aired, Poff’s file was pulled at DHS and she was gone by the end of the week. This is retaliation and that’s illegal, said Bussett.”
“The state did the wrong thing, two times here. You have an obligation as a state to protect people, and yea money’s a problem for everybody but lives are important and they should have figured it out and they shouldn’t have fired the people who were trying to figure it out for them,” said attorney, Rachel Bussett.
Parents and families still grieving the loss of their loved ones who died inside Narconon Arrowhead still wait in frustration and desperation for answers.
Robert Murphy, whose daughter Stacey died at the facility says Poff was the only one doing any investigating, and is frustrated with a lack of results from the State. “In my opinion, Kim Poff was another victim of the abuses of Narconon Arrowhead and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service not protecting the public,” said Murphy.
Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, is facing dozens of lawsuits in the United States for wrongful deaths, fraud, misrepresentation, civil conspiracy, and in general, ripping off people in their most desperate time of needing professional, medical help.
Most Narconon centers have no full time physicians or nurses onsite, and many of the other staff members are recent graduates of the Narconon program with little or no medical or drug rehab training – only Scientology based courses to qualify as staff.
A damning Report about Oklahoma’s Narconon here:
When the State of Oklahoma examined Narconon’s therapeutic methods in 1991, its reporting team noted the risks caused by Narconon’s bad science:
The Narconon program presents a potential risk to the patients of the Narconon program that delayed withdrawal phenomena such as seizures, delirium or hallucination that are occasionally seen several days after cessation of drugs such as benzodiazepines, may be misinterpreted by Narconon’s non-medical staff as the effect of mobilizing the drug from fat during the sauna sweat-out procedure period. There is also a potential risk that the reported re-experience of the abused drugs’ effect during the sauna sweat-out program may be the result of misinterpreted symptoms of hyperthermia or electrolyte imbalance.
There is credible evidence by way of witness testimony and review of Narconon charts which reflect that there were patients who had psychiatric problems who were taken off of their previously prescribed psychiatric medication who did not do well and subsequently developed psychiatric problems. This evidence indicates a lack of safety and effectiveness in connection with the program.
Following a thorough investigation by the Board of Mental Health, State of Oklahoma, a report was issued on December 13, 1991, stating, “The Board determines that the Narconon Program is not effective in the treatment of chemical dependency, and the Board concludes that the program offered by Narconon-Chilocco [now Narconon Arrowhead] is not medically safe.”
“Certification is denied.” Many ask, “Why are they still open”?