Shakeup at Narconon Arrowhead: Former worker dishes fresh intel on Scientology's rehab flagship - 2017-11-05
Rod Keller has a dynamite new report on big changes that have been happening at Scientology's flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, where three deaths happened in a nine-month period about five years ago.
Narconon Arrowhead, the "flagship" of Scientology's drug rehab centers in Canadian, Oklahoma is under new management, but the center has done little to improve the conditions that led to the death of four patients in 2011 and 2012. Former Arrowhead employee Amy Ince was there on October 26, 2011 - the day Gabriel Graves was found dead in his room after complaining of headaches and nausea. "I remember the day they found him and being up the hill from all the police and ambulances at the front door. It was a sad day." The incident left Ince shaken, and she left Narconon, only to return to staff this year with the promise that conditions have changed. Ince says there are fewer patients, called "students" in Narconon, but little else about the program has changed in six years.
In 2011 Arrowhead Lodge was full, with more than 150 patients. Now there are only 10 to 12, and Scientology's plan to revitalize the facility has been to remove Executive Director Gary Smith, Ince was told that Narconon International did a "hostile takeover" in July, bringing in about five Narconon International staff and installing new leadership. David Justice is the CEO and Les Starkey is Executive Director, his deputy. Rubina Qureshi, the president of the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) is there as well. Ironically, as the number of patients has decreased, the staff-to-patient ratio is better than ever. Including Narconon International there are about 30 staff at the facility. Ince was shocked to find that a few are on staff at a Scientology Class V org on loan to Arrowhead, and earn only $50 per week.