One of Scientology's new Narconons got inspected - and turned up one surprising result - 2016-10-10
On September 5 last year, the Church of Scientology opened a Narconon drug rehab center in a country that it had forsaken several years earlier. Narconon United Kingdom was formally opened on that day at its East Sussex location with the usual fanfare — a fancy backdrop, some confetti, and a few speeches.
The decision to open a Narconon center in England after closing a previous facility there was part of Scientology leader David Miscavige's grand new strategy about the rehab network. For several years, we've been documenting how Narconon has had to adapt to a new reality after several patient deaths in the U.S. resulted in heightened press and government interest, as well as dozens of lawsuits around the country.
For decades, Narconon had been a reliable moneymaker for Scientology, and had managed to avoid much controversy, in part because Narconon tried to keep its connection to Scientology somewhat murky. But investigations, particularly after three patient deaths in Oklahoma in 2011-2012, produced documents making it crystal clear that Narconon was part of Miscavige's plans for Scientology "expansion."