Scientology trying to salvage its derelict Narconon flagship as new training center - 2017-07-09
Rod Keller helps us keep an eye on Narconon, Scientology's drug rehab network, and he has a surprising new development today. For a few years, we've been reporting that Narconon's flagship facility, Narconon Arrowhead in eastern Oklahoma, has dwindled to just a handful of customers after numerous patient deaths and high-profile lawsuits. Now, in a move seemingly acknowledging the inevitable, Scientology is announcing that it's throwing in the towel and turning it into a training center. Rod decided to key off that news to give us a general assessment of where Narconon stands now.
Scientology has launched an initiative known as the Narconon Arrowhead Expansion Project to revitalize the site. The facility in Canadian, Oklahoma is promoted as the "Flagship Narconon," much like Flag Land Base in Clearwater is the primary center for completing the OT levels. The facility has fallen on hard times since the death of several patients there and the accompanying lawsuits. A source close to the facility tells us there were recently 10 patients in the program, although the building is designed to hold 200.
This news prompted us to take a look at the program, where it is succeeding and where it has failed.