“A judge ruled today that Narconon Arrowhead must produce documents related to alleged incidents of drug and alcohol use by its staff, trainees and students.
Associate District Judge James Bland made the ruling Wednesday in Pittsburg County District Court.
The original hearing date of Sept. 25 was postponed until Wednesday by mutual agreement of both parties,
During Wednesday hearing Judge Bland ruled that Narconon attorneys will have to produce records of alleged incidents of employees, trainees and students using illegal drugs and alcohol from 2004 until 2010. “
McALESTER — Narconon Arrowhead’s medical detox facility in McAlester has lost its state certification, officials say.
‘Their temporary permit has expired and Arrowhead Medical Detox is not certified for medical detox,’ said Jeff Desmukes of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services.
The permit expired May 16 after Narconon Arrowhead failed to correct deficiencies found by the state during earlier inspections, according to Desmukes. –
“A bill giving the state oversight of Narconon Arrowhead and other drug rehabs according to legislation signed today by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Senate Bill 295 co-authored by a Senate Democrat Tom Ivester D- Sayer and House Republican Jason Murphey R-Guthrie was signed today at the Capitol after passing the Senate unopposed last week.
The legislation was written after an investigation into a string of deaths that happened within months of each other at Narconon Arrowhead.”
“Legislation regulating Narconon Arrowhead and other drug rehabs is headed to the governors desk and could be signed into law this month.
Senate Bill 295 co-authored by a Senate Democrat Tom Ivester D- Sayer and House Republican Jason Murphey R- Guthrie passed the Senate unopposed with a the final vote at 43-0.”
“McALESTER — Legislation to regulate Narconon Arrowhead and other drug rehabs passed the House on Monday.
The bill is now headed to the Senate for one more vote before it hits the governor’s desk, according to state officials.
The final vote could happen within the next few weeks, legislators say.”
Justice moves slowly.
“On Tuesday an amended SB 295 was approved by the House Public Health Committee by a vote of 9 to 1. It will now go before the House for vote, and if approved, the amended version will go back before Senate, where it originated, for another vote.
In August, Sen. Tom Ivester, D-Elk City, stated he would work with officials at Oklahoma’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to author legislation aimed at ‘regulating questionable practices’ at Narconon Arrowhead.
Ivester and Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, co-authored the bill which Murphey said was a result of the Narconon deaths.
Meanwhile Robert Murphy, the father of Stacy Murphy, said he was at the Capitol to watch the Public Health Committee vote on the bill.
‘I’m happy it passed the committee,’ Murphy said. ‘With the amendment, it’s not a home run. But I’m pleased with it.’”
“McALESTER — Narconon Arrowhead’s top executive and several of his employees have had a counseling certification revoked by the National Association of Forensic Counselors, officials say.
Karla Taylor, president of NAFC, confirmed Narconon Arrowhead CEO Gary Smith’s certification and those of several Narconon employees was revoked earlier this month.”
All I can say is, did it really take 4 deaths before someone finally took action?