A Scientology front group that duped celebrities for Narconon: It's baaaack! - 2019-10-27
A once-dormant Scientology front group is making a resurgence. This month Friends of Narconon launched a new Twitter account, and they're making the remarkable claim that their educational program is endorsed by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for improving the quality and availability of treatment and rehabilitative services, including drug rehab programs.
Friends of Narconon claims that SAMHSA has classified them as an "evidence-based program" and they have verified that Narconon produces results and its materials can be used in classrooms. It's not true, and it's not the first time Narconon has claimed a phony certification.
Friends of Narconon ran Scientology's drug education efforts for decades. They visited schools, raised money and attracted considerable celebrity support as Scientologists John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Kirstie Alley recruited their friends — celebrities such as Morgan Fairchild, Robert Ginty, Donna Mills, John Matuszak and the cast of Family Ties to publicity events.