Last month Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visited a Mexican prison with other members of the National Foundation of Women Legislators. The lawmakers went to see how a controversial Scientology drug rehabilitation program called “Narconon,” supposedly helped convicts there, reported SignOnSanDiego, November 21st.
But since that visit controversy once again has arisen regarding Narconon, concerning a proposed center in Canada.
Recently, the town council of Marmora, Ontario “unanimously denied” a rezoning application that would have allowed Narconon to set up a facility in that community. And there were “rumors that Narconon…is an attempt by the Church of Scientology to infiltrate the region,” reported the Osprey Intelligencer.
Apparently though Narconon may be selling well in Mexico, Canadians aren’t buying into it.
Perhaps US legislators brought to the Baja don’t know about Narconon’s troubled history. Intead, they were told the program works, according to a study done in Mexico that claims it reduces recidivism amongst prisoners there.
But a Swedish medical expert testified, “There is no documentation to show that the [Narconon] method of detoxification from drug abuse conforms to scientific standards and medical experience…The risks and side effects of the treatment method have also not been evaluated in a serious way. Methods that have not been evaluated and/or rest on incorrect theories should not be used in Swedish medical care.”
Hopefully, before Senator Clinton and other lady legislators embrace Narconon they will read “Scientology; The Cult of Greed,” the award winning cover story published by Time Magazine in 1991.
Time called Narconon “a classic vehicle for drawing addicts into the cult” (i.e. Scientology).