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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #160 on: September 13, 2014, 10:33 »
Tony Ortega reported on a California, Narconon-related death in 2010 at The Underground Bunker.

The state's investigation was the result of a complaint that was filed with the Calilfornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. A total of 8 deficiencies were cited and all were substantiated. Not surprisingly, some discrepancies exist between the patient record and statements made by Narconon employees who were interviewed by the state surveyor.

One of the citations involved Narconon making misrepresentations to the state. 
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11-030, findings #1
Licensee did not produce Resident#1 's treatment file for inspection to California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs staff And #2 Licensee provided an inaccurate statement to the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Narconon's response in their Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
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The reason the file was not initially located and why an inaccurate statement was made is because our storage for archived files was too full and had become disorganized. We have since purchased an additional 10 x 40 storage container to house archived files. We have re-organized all of our files, by year, alphabetically and with master lists, to ensure that files are easily found and well organized.

Their CAP, in this instance, is reminiscent of Narconon of Georgia's problems with record-keeping in the Desmond case. These folks just have trouble keeping up with their records and emails! I wonder who has access to the medical records?

Probably, only the people charged with protecting consumers are denied access to them.  |\/|8-P

A nurse, interviewed by the CDADP's Complaint Analyst, stated the patient had declined to go to the emergency room. However, the record states that the patient requested to be transported to the ER at least once. Unfortunately, we only have a portion of a heavily redacted record. I'm baffled as to why dates, temperature readings and the reported cause of death were redacted?

Several notations about the patient's temperature were made in the medical record by a nursing assistant. She documented several times that the temperature would be re-checked within a certain period of time. The documentation for the re-checks was not always found in the patient record. I'm going out on a limb here and assuming the patient's temp was elevated. Was the lack of documentation negligence on the part of the nursing assistant? Was a portion of the medical record altered/omitted?

According to the RN, the patient was "closely monitored' and seen by a Nurse Practitioner. The nursing assistant was no longer working for Narconon.

At any rate, Narconon submitted their CAP for all 8 deficiencies. Despite the misrepresentation and difficulties locating records, CDADP accepted the CAP - end of story.

The CDADP no longer exists as of July 1 2013. 
http://www.adp.ca.gov/

Now, CA DCHS is in charge. As this information just recently came to light, I'm assuming they released the heavily redacted records.
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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has the sole authority in state government to license adult alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities. Within DHCS, the Licensing and Certification Branch (LCB) is responsible for assuring that quality services are provided to all program participants in a safe and healthful environment through the licensure, certification, regulation, and oversight of a statewide system of alcohol and other drug recovery and treatment facilities and programs and counselors.
http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/LicensingandCertification.aspx

I have one question for the California DHCS. WHO ARE YOU PROTECTING?
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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #161 on: September 13, 2014, 11:58 »
Tony Ortega reported on a California, Narconon-related death in 2010 at The Underground Bunker.

The state's investigation was the result of a complaint that was filed with the Calilfornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. A total of 8 deficiencies were cited and all were substantiated. Not surprisingly, some discrepancies exist between the patient record and statements made by Narconon employees who were interviewed by the state surveyor.

One of the citations involved Narconon making misrepresentations to the state. 
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11-030, findings #1
Licensee did not produce Resident#1 's treatment file for inspection to California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs staff And #2 Licensee provided an inaccurate statement to the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Narconon's response in their Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
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The reason the file was not initially located and why an inaccurate statement was made is because our storage for archived files was too full and had become disorganized. We have since purchased an additional 10 x 40 storage container to house archived files. We have re-organized all of our files, by year, alphabetically and with master lists, to ensure that files are easily found and well organized.

Their CAP, in this instance, is reminiscent of Narconon of Georgia's problems with record-keeping in the Desmond case. These folks just have trouble keeping up with their records and emails! I wonder who has access to the medical records?

Probably, only the people charged with protecting consumers are denied access to them.  |\/|8-P

A nurse, interviewed by the CDADP's Complaint Analyst, stated the patient had declined to go to the emergency room. However, the record states that the patient requested to be transported to the ER at least once. Unfortunately, we only have a portion of a heavily redacted record. I'm baffled as to why dates, temperature readings and the reported cause of death were redacted?

Several notations about the patient's temperature were made in the medical record by a nursing assistant. She documented several times that the temperature would be re-checked within a certain period of time. The documentation for the re-checks was not always found in the patient record. I'm going out on a limb here and assuming the patient's temp was elevated. Was the lack of documentation negligence on the part of the nursing assistant? Was a portion of the medical record altered/omitted?

According to the RN, the patient was "closely monitored' and seen by a Nurse Practitioner. The nursing assistant was no longer working for Narconon.

At any rate, Narconon submitted their CAP for all 8 deficiencies. Despite the misrepresentation and difficulties locating records, CDADP accepted the CAP - end of story.

The CDADP no longer exists as of July 1 2013. 
http://www.adp.ca.gov/

Now, CA DCHS is in charge. As this information just recently came to light, I'm assuming they released the heavily redacted records.
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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has the sole authority in state government to license adult alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities. Within DHCS, the Licensing and Certification Branch (LCB) is responsible for assuring that quality services are provided to all program participants in a safe and healthful environment through the licensure, certification, regulation, and oversight of a statewide system of alcohol and other drug recovery and treatment facilities and programs and counselors.
http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/LicensingandCertification.aspx

I have one question for the California DHCS. WHO ARE YOU PROTECTING?

I've had documents on this death for about 2 years now, mefree. They were obtained by another person through the state FOIA process. We did not publicize the story because the family was so distraught.. it took them several complaints over time to get the investigation done. The complaints were being treated as separate ones and then droopped. Finally it all got pulled together into one and investigated.

The family did not want it made public. I and another person encouraged the family members to contact the attorneys who were then taking Narconon Northern CA cases at the time, particularly John Hannon, but they never followed through. The statute of limitations then expired. It's very hard when you have a grieving family not wanting you to speak out but I had to respect their wishes.

So, I do have a bunch of docs that will be going up about this case. They are redacted by the state and in some places we had to redact the patient's name which somehow slipped through their editing process. This is one of several sensitive matters that I have been working on when I have time. Now that Tony posted about it, I will try to get it all up soon on Narconon Reviews.
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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #162 on: September 13, 2014, 12:14 »
I imagine it's easy to miss an item for redaction in a large document. OTOH, in light of the families wishes and the heavy redaction, I find it interesting that the client's name was left unredacted on one page.

Thanks for the background info, Mary.
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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #163 on: September 28, 2015, 11:24 »
I've been pulling infos from this thread for another project I'm working on, and while this isn't complete ATM (last few slides need to be completed and then the whole thing needs proofread/copyedited) I'm growing tired of digging up this thread for references. So for the sake of a useful thread bump, here it is awhile in early draft form...

Timeline of Scientology Drug Rehab Deaths
http://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1Kk1-1fZoAJNAcV2ng5NrQgoEdZPr7cUsKmsXony8EEk&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650

This timeline is also available as an embed code for use on other websites. I'll post that re-usable code ITT once I get all the work done. Meanwhile, corrections for typos, oversights or factual errors are most welcome.

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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #164 on: March 04, 2016, 17:12 »
This is a follow-up story to one that Tony O. wrote in November involving another death.

Scientology officials panicked about overdose death of star Narconon pupil: Boyfriend - Tony Ortega's The Underground Bunker

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In November, we told you about the death of Tabatha Lynn Fauteux, a 26-year-old New Hampshire woman who was found dead in a Los Angeles apartment, apparently of a drug overdose. She had been staying at the apartment with a boyfriend for several weeks while the two of them underwent training in the Church of Scientology’s revamping of its drug rehab program, Narconon. Before they went to L.A. for the training, the two of them had been working together at Narconon’s clinic in Harlingen, Texas and had each been sober for about a year.

Tabatha died on November 6, and for our story later that month, we talked to her father, Guy Fauteux, 52, who was still struggling to get details about his daughter’s death. He was unhappy that he was getting little information from Scientology and Narconon, and he also hadn’t heard from Los Angeles or California authorities. But he had heard from Tabatha’s friends that while she was in L.A. she had used an herbal drug known as kratom, a legal substance which produces a high something like the heroin addiction she had sought treatment for. As we pointed out in our story, there have been increasing reports of overdose deaths with kratom because it can be laced with powerful, synthetic drugs.

Now, the Underground Bunker has spoken to Tabatha’s boyfriend, who was with her in Los Angeles. Guy Fauteux confirmed the young man’s identity for us, but we are holding back the boyfriend’s real name at his request and will refer to him as Nick.

more at http://tonyortega.org/2016/03/04/scientology-officials-panicked-about-overdose-death-of-star-narconon-pupil-boyfriend/#more-29153
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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #165 on: March 07, 2016, 22:22 »
How sad.  And wrong. Condolences to the family, friends, and boyfriend.

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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #166 on: October 16, 2016, 10:14 »
Narconon continues to lose staff members to addiction. A former staffer claims recent changes to the program have contributed to the deaths.

Our story last week about Narconon deaths kicked up a fuss — and news of two more deaths]Our story last week about Narconon deaths kicked up a fuss — and news of two more deaths - The Underground Bunker - Tony Ortega

Rod Keller’s story last week about former staff members of Scientology drug rehabs dying produced some fascinating results. Here he is to follow up…

Last week, we reported on the deaths of three young men who had worked at Scientology’s “Narconon” drug rehab centers, and we talked to other former Narconon workers who told us they knew about several other recent deaths as well. They charged that Narconon centers offer no continuing care, and don’t even tell former patients and employees to remain strictly sober.

Now, our sources have identified two more Narconon staff members who relapsed and died in recent years.

more at http://tonyortega.org/2016/10/16/our-story-last-week-about-narconon-deaths-kicked-up-a-fuss-and-news-of-two-more-deaths/
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