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« Reply #140 on: February 11, 2014, 21:24 »
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MCLAUGHLIN, ADAM MATTHEW 27 - passed away unexpectedly on December 14th, 2013. Adam was born on August 8, 1986 and raised in Brigantine, NJ. He attended Holy Spirit High School and Dixie State University. His life was anchored on the water from an early age where he learned to navigate the world. Realizing his lifelong dream, he traded in the highways for waterways and sailed across many parts of the world as a Merchant Mariner aboard the Maersk Missouri. Adam was a USCG licensed Captain at his family's business, Sea Tow Atlantic City and Marco Island. He was a dedicated member of Local 25 and the Seafarers International Union. Despite his own struggles, Adam was greatest known for his heart and willingness to put others ahead of himself. His compassion was a gift to all of those he met. Adam was happiest spending time with his family & will be deeply missed by every-one whose lives he touched. Adam is survived by his loving parents, John and Sandra (nee Clark) McLaughlin; brother, Eric McLaughlin; and sister in-law, Jennie; nephew, Eric; and niece, Reese; grandparents, Alexander and Marilyn; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. A memorial gathering will be 10AM to 12PM, Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Reformation Lutheran Church, Route 9 at Biscayne Ave., Absecon. A service will follow immediately at 12PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Adam McLaughlin Scholarship Fund at Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat Inc. 35059 Bend Rd, Denham Springs, LA 70706 or by calling (225) 243-5047. For online condolences, please visit www.parselsfh.com. Fair Winds and Following Seas.
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« Reply #141 on: February 11, 2014, 22:31 »
Such conflicting emotions here.  They mention donating money to Narconon so that someone else can come there.

Which leads me to believe that they probably don't know about the false success rates, even though their own succumbed to addiction.

I kind of hope they never realize it was a scam.  But I wish they would donate somewhere else that doesn't have such a history of dishonesty.

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« Reply #142 on: February 11, 2014, 22:37 »
Hopefully the money doesnt make its way to the IAS via the Steiners.  They are big time donors to the "church".  NN LA is their cash cow.
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« Reply #143 on: February 11, 2014, 23:49 »
Sorry to hear about what sounds like another relapse.  My condolences to the family, if they should happen to find this.

Such conflicting emotions here.  They mention donating money to Narconon so that someone else can come there.

Which leads me to believe that they probably don't know about the false success rates, even though their own succumbed to addiction.

I kind of hope they never realize it was a scam.  But I wish they would donate somewhere else that doesn't have such a history of dishonesty.

This kind of thing happened before, with a donation to one of the Narconons (can't remember which one, Arrowhead, I think).  The mother found out about Narconon later.  Colin talked to her about it; she regretted that donations had been made in her daughter's name, but she didn't know - probably like this family.  Very sad...   :(

I wonder if he was working there at the time.
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« Reply #144 on: February 14, 2014, 08:37 »
Two that we've missed.

Justin Smith, 22
Chad Skoglie, 27
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This case concerns the death of Justin Smith, 22 years old, following a July 13, 2000
collision when he drove his 1966 Mustang to excessive speed and it went off the road (a
few hundred yards from the turnoff to Narcononís Watsonville facility) and hit a tree.

Justin was a client at the Narconon facility in Watsonville, and the allegation is that
Narconon staffer Scott Friend wrongly provided Justin the keys to his vehicle while he was
involved in treatment (which enabled the accident to occur). It is not believed that drugs or
alcohol were a factor in this accident, per the initial CHP report.

There were also 3 other persons in that vehicle, and of them a fellow client (Chad Skoglie,
age 27) also died, and two Narconon staffers (Eric Petersen, age 31, and John Vereeke, age
33) were seriously injured.

Justin's mother founded The Justin Foundation after Justin's death:
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Mission Statement

The Justin Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation committed to assisting individuals and families affected by drug abuse and to furthering formal education and certification of addiction recovery counselors.  It is our goal that every alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment facility be a safe place for those in need to heal from the disease of addiction.

Dedication
The Justin Foundation, this website and this work are dedicated to the memory of Justin Smith, a young man who touched many people during his lifetime and who, through this work, continues to touch the lives of many people today.

   Justin Michael Smith
   Born April 11, 1978
   Died July 13, 2000

I have a bit more on this and will get it up on Narconon Reviews when I do the next round of document updates.
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« Reply #145 on: February 14, 2014, 09:23 »
Occasionally I've heard from pro Narconon people something along the lines of "addiction takes many lives and you can find where people die just as often outside of Narconon".

At first this seems like a legitimate statement.

However, what I've noticed with Narconon is that there are things that would never occur in a legitimate treatment center.  This is an example.

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Justin was a client at the Narconon facility in Watsonville, and the allegation is that
Narconon staffer Scott Friend wrongly provided Justin the keys to his vehicle while he was
involved in treatment (which enabled the accident to occur). It is not believed that drugs or
alcohol were a factor in this accident, per the initial CHP report

Hazelden or Betty Ford would never find themselves in a situation where a staff member decided to give their car keys to a current client in treatment, and go for a joyride with another client and staffer. 

If you've gone to school for many years you tend to learn what is appropriate and what isn't.  Recent graduates who become staff never learn much of anything along those lines.

I've heard from many people about the level of fraternization that occurs at Narconon that isn't seen at other centers.  Staff flirting with students, staff having sex with clients, staff providing and using drugs with clients, etc.  scientology tends to make the fatal mistakes of saying "now that you've completed our 2 week course you are more able than others in the real world with decades of experience".

And the scary part is that they then sell their staff as equal or better.

If I see the word "trained staff" on another Narconon website, I'll probably puke.  Trained can mean trained to clean a floor.  It doesn't mean trained to handle acute drug addiction, at least not in Narconon, made evident by these types of things that occur.

When Narconon talks about all the training they learn to communicate better, parents rarely know that this training consists of hours reading Alice in Wonderland over and over out loud.  Training someone to confront their addiction means sitting in a chair and staring at another person for hours.  Training to control, in Narconon, is hours of telling another person to "look at that wall.  Thank you.  Touch that wall.  Thank you."

Any family that actually saw the training that goes on at Narconon would be horrified that these people are now in charge of their kids life.

Narconon would probably say that an incident like this is a rarity.  Reading peoples descriptions of their experiences at Narconon tend to make me believe that these are not rarities but commonplace.
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« Reply #146 on: March 08, 2014, 22:16 »
Another Narconon-related death. Jacob went to Sunshine Summit Lodge, did an internship and became a recruiter.

Jacob Joseph Heider, Los Angeles, CA/formerly Milton, WI (1987-2014)
February 28, 2014


September 21, 1987 - February 19, 2014

Jacob Joseph Heider, son of Lori Blum and James Heider, passed away Feb. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA, due to a heroin overdose. Jacob was born in Janesville, WI, on Sept. 21, 1987. He attended Milton Area Schools until he was accepted to the Wisconsin Challenge Academy, where he received his high school diploma. While at the academy, he excelled in many challenges receiving the “character development” award. Jacob entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Honolulu, HI. It was at this time his addiction became apparent. Jacob came home in hopes of finding a job and facing his addiction. During this time, Jacob had many jobs, but continued to struggle with his addiction. After the birth of his daughter, Kylee Rae, Jacob realized he needed help with his addiction. He entered into Sunshine Summit Lodge Narconon in Warner, CA. It was there that Jacob broke free of heroin, began to rebuild his foundation in hopes of a better life for himself and his daughter. He focused on eating healthy, working out, and finding the tools that would help him battle the demon (heroin) that took control of his life. Upon completion of the program, Jacob completed an internship and became a recruiting specialist for Narconon. With Jacob's strength and Narconon, the last 7 months of his life were the hardest, yet the happiest.

Jacob will forever be missed by his daughter, Kylee Rae; the mother of his child, Shawna Nordberg; his always and forever mother, Lori Blum; his father, James Heider; his brother, Kole Farnsworth; his sisters: Ceaira Weber, Cortney Calkins, Kassy (Nate) Berge, Kara (Alex) Royster; great-grandmother, Dorothy Heider; grandparents: Jacob Blum, Jim and Sandy Weber; aunts and uncles: Beverly (Richard) Pogorelski, Nancy (Douglas) Cumming, Jane Olson, Shannon Weber, Shelly (Jeremy) Schaitel, Shelby Weber, Shawn (Laurie) Weber, Ann (Dan) Cone, Eugene (Amy Williams) Heider; special friend, Nick Morrill; and many cousins and friends. Waiting for Jacob in heaven were his great-grandparents: Albert and Mae Hahn, Martin and Clara Blum, Joseph Heider; grandparents: Dora Blum, Laura Blum, Anton Heider, Judith McKinney; Step-father, Shane Weber; and uncle, Michael Blum.

Visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. with funeral service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at ALBRECHT FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES in Milton WI. Pastor Bill Beyer will officiate. A celebration of Jacob's life will follow at The Cove Bar, 319 Parkview Dr., Milton WI.

Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Sunshine Summit Lodge

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Re: Narconon Deaths
« Reply #147 on: March 10, 2014, 10:02 »
Condolences to his family and friends.

Another sad story.  Narconon didn't work.  The obit makes that pretty clear.
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« Reply #148 on: July 13, 2014, 01:27 »
This is being discussed at WWP today. It's a very strange obit.

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« Reply #149 on: July 17, 2014, 08:55 »
This is being discussed at WWP today. It's a very strange obit.

Yeah... I saw that last March... Anons are on top of things, for sure. Sent a link to Ryan Hamilton as a FYI. Forgot to mention it here. So hard to keep up with all that is going on.

That job would drive anyone to drink ( or blow their recovery ). However, I think staff must have known of the problem before hand.

Jacob worked at the Glendale reg sales office. Not sure if he was working under Chris Bauge of the Narconon Scripts fame, who is no longer working there.  http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/11/leaked-scripts-spell-out-how-scientology-directs-the-unsuspecting-to-its-rehab-network/

I heard that Bauge left in late 2013. I also hear it was more recent. I heard he was fired. Will post separately on him in the script thread when I have more specific details on when and why he left. Important to get the facts, not rumor. :)

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« Reply #150 on: August 20, 2014, 15:51 »
A Narconon-related death in Italy and a google translation of the article.

Tragedy in lane | 22 year old Neapolitan escapes to the doctors and is thrown from hospital window

GALATINA - One moment and the drama is consumed leaving no room for words. Then explode the despair and anger. A young Neapolitan, LI 22 years old, yesterday afternoon was thrown into space from the third floor of one of the fire escapes the hospital in Galashiels. A flight of about twelve feet. A gesture that contains a history of certain problems and weaknesses, and that is the culmination of an arduous tour of several stages.

The boy was a guest of the community Narconon "The Seagull", a center for drug and alcohol detoxification, Tower Bear. An operator had gone directly to Naples to take the young man to accompany him in Salento. Tower has come to us, however, realized that the situation was complicated because the 22 year old appeared in withdrawal symptoms.

Together with a colleague, the operator then decided to hospitalize him. According to the testimony seems to have been first alerted the 118 but stressed that they could not send an ambulance for this thing and called on operators to bring the young man in the car directly in Lecce.

"And if you throw the car?". With this fear, revealed itself in no uncertain terms to health, the kids Narconon they headed Lecce, but the "Vito Fazzi" would have told them that there was no place and that they should head to Galashiels. They have done it and once the "Santa Caterina Novella" went directly to the Department of Psychiatry. But there they were told that the hospital would have had to first go to the ER.

The boys insisted that the health care were holding onto 22 year old with them, constantly worried about its growing state of crisis. We have seen, however, forced to follow the process and get to the emergency room.

The drama was consumed in those moments. The young man broke away from them and started to run. The operators of the Narconon chased him to try to reach it and lock it, but that was no hassle in going up the fire escape. And from there he climbed over the railing and launched into space. It seems to have died instantly, even though some of the first noticed next to him would have reported some last gasp of the young man before permanently close the eyes.

All stunned, unable to find peace especially boys who accompanied him, and who, while realizing the situation, they could not do anything but follow the protocol.

On the spot intervened the Police Commissioner of Galashiels. The body of the poor 22 year old is already available to family members who have been advised of the tragedy and who are already traveling to reach the Salento.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 15:27 Last agg .: 15:45
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« Reply #151 on: August 20, 2014, 17:39 »
A Narconon-related death in Italy and a google translation of the article.

Tragedy in lane | 22 year old Neapolitan escapes to the doctors and is thrown from hospital window

GALATINA - One moment and the drama is consumed leaving no room for words. Then explode the despair and anger. A young Neapolitan, LI 22 years old, yesterday afternoon was thrown into space from the third floor of one of the fire escapes the hospital in Galashiels. A flight of about twelve feet. A gesture that contains a history of certain problems and weaknesses, and that is the culmination of an arduous tour of several stages.

The boy was a guest of the community Narconon "The Seagull", a center for drug and alcohol detoxification, Tower Bear. An operator had gone directly to Naples to take the young man to accompany him in Salento. Tower has come to us, however, realized that the situation was complicated because the 22 year old appeared in withdrawal symptoms.

Together with a colleague, the operator then decided to hospitalize him. According to the testimony seems to have been first alerted the 118 but stressed that they could not send an ambulance for this thing and called on operators to bring the young man in the car directly in Lecce.

"And if you throw the car?". With this fear, revealed itself in no uncertain terms to health, the kids Narconon they headed Lecce, but the "Vito Fazzi" would have told them that there was no place and that they should head to Galashiels. They have done it and once the "Santa Caterina Novella" went directly to the Department of Psychiatry. But there they were told that the hospital would have had to first go to the ER.

The boys insisted that the health care were holding onto 22 year old with them, constantly worried about its growing state of crisis. We have seen, however, forced to follow the process and get to the emergency room.

The drama was consumed in those moments. The young man broke away from them and started to run. The operators of the Narconon chased him to try to reach it and lock it, but that was no hassle in going up the fire escape. And from there he climbed over the railing and launched into space. It seems to have died instantly, even though some of the first noticed next to him would have reported some last gasp of the young man before permanently close the eyes.

All stunned, unable to find peace especially boys who accompanied him, and who, while realizing the situation, they could not do anything but follow the protocol.

On the spot intervened the Police Commissioner of Galashiels. The body of the poor 22 year old is already available to family members who have been advised of the tragedy and who are already traveling to reach the Salento.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 15:27 Last agg .: 15:45
http://www.ilmattino.it/PRIMOPIANO/CRONACA/sfugge-ai-medici-si-butta-da-terzo-piano-ospedale-muore/notizie/855241.shtml

This would have NEVER happened if the poor 22 year old has been given a proper medical detox. This is Narconon at it's worst. Pretending to provide an alternative 'detox' for any addiction, when it's not designed to treat addiction withdrawal. Especially if a patient has mental health issues.

I'm glad they realized they needed to get him to a hospital but it was, as Hubbard said " Too little, too late". They should have known the potential for
such a problem, just based upon the type of drug he was withdrawing from.

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« Reply #152 on: August 20, 2014, 20:32 »
Incredibly sad. Thanks for the additional details, Mary.
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« Reply #153 on: August 20, 2014, 20:50 »
Incredibly sad. Thanks for the additional details, Mary.

Thank you. I'm just going by what I know of the program and what was written in the article, as hard as it was to grock the translation as a whole, lol. It was very clear to me that he suffered in withdrawal. Think Richard Teague's withdrawal mess at A Forever Recovery ( and medical detox, to boot! ) being sent back to Narconon Freedom Center too early and setting himself on fire during extended withdrawal.
http://narcononreviews.net/lawsuits/richard-teague-v-narconon-freedom-center-inc-a-forever-recovery-inc-tia-corp/

Some addictions are worse than others but all deserve to be treated appropriately by acceptable standards. That is a foreign term to Narconon. It's clear that this 22 year old and his loved ones were betrayed.

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« Reply #155 on: August 20, 2014, 22:24 »
Thanks! I went and edited the title of the article on Facebook. It sounds so much more logical based upon the article

Tragedy in a hospital - 22-year old Neapolitan man flees from a hospital and throws himself out of a window
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« Reply #156 on: August 21, 2014, 08:42 »
There's a revised translation on ESMB.
http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?36745-Patient-falls-to-death-while-in-care-of-Narconon-in-Italy-%28re-Scientology-rehab%29&p=957002&viewfull=1#post957002

Just including mnql1's translation here.

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Tragedy in a hospital - 22-year old Neapolitan man flees from a hospital and throws himself out of a window

by Valentina Chitano
August 20, 2014
Il Mattino

GALATINA - The drama unfolded in the blink of an eye, before a word could be uttered. Then followed an explosion of despair and anger. Yesterday afternoon, a 22-year-old Neapolitan man whose initials are L.I. threw himself out from the third story of one of the fire escapes of a hospital in Galatina, falling nearly 12 meters, a gesture that reflects a personal story, no doubt one of problems and vulnerability, and marks the final chapter of a troubled life.

The young man was a guest at Narconon "Il Gabbiano," a center for drug and alcohol detoxification located at Torre dell'Orso. A Narconon employee had travelled directly to Naples to meet the young man and accompany him to Salento. When they arrived in Torre dell'Orso, however, he realized that the situation was complicated because the 22-year-old appeared to be suffering severe withdrawal symptoms.

Together with a colleague, the Narconon employee then decided to take the young man to a hospital. According to accounts of what happened, the first action taken was to call the emergency services number 118, but the operator insisted that an ambulance could not be dispatched for this and that the Narconon employees should drive the young man directly to Lecce.

"What if he throws himself out from the car?" Having stated this fear bluntly to the operator, the Narconon employees headed to Lecce, but the Vito Fazzi Hospital allegedly told them that there was no available bed and that they should head to Galatina. They did this and, when they arrived at the Santa Caterina Novella Hospital, they went directly to the psychiatric ward, where they were told that they first had to go through the emergency room before the young man could be admitted.

The Narconon employees insisted that the medical staff should keep the 22-year-old with them, because they were constantly worried about his worsening state. They were nevertheless obliged to follow procedure and go to the emergency room.

This is when the drama unfolded. The young man broke away from them and started to run. The Narconon employees ran after him in an attempt to catch up and stop him, but the young man very quickly went out onto a fire escape, and from there he climbed over the railing and leaped out. It appears that he died instantly, even though some initial accounts mention final gasps before he expired.

Everyone was stunned, unable to compose themselves, especially the employees who accompanied the young man, although they had no choice other than to follow protocol.

Police from Galatina soon arrived on the scene. The body of the unfortunate 22-year-old has already been released to his family, which was advised of the tragedy and is already on its way to Salento.

There is also question whether the emergency number (118, Italy's version of 911) was called:
http://www.galatina.it/non-ci-fu-nessuna-chiamata-dal-narconon-al-118

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"There was no call Narconon at 118"

"The 118 has nothing to do. Among the recordings of incoming calls to the Central Station there is no match from the Narconon center of Torre dell '. The news is Maurizio Scardia, director of the 118 ASL Lecce. "I did check all the calls recorded on our servers between 8 am and 18 pm yesterday and did not find any ricollegabile to the story that was tragically ended in Galatina."

Yet the writer has heard Antonio and Piero, the two players who had accompanied LI, the twenty-two Neapolitan who yesterday took his own life, in his travels between Bear Tower, Lecce and Otranto, speak clearly had a contact in the morning with the 118.

"One possible explanation is that the two young people, shocked by the tragic death of the boy, have responded to the question about 118 mistaking the emergency department 'Vito Fazzi' Troso-says Alexander, a spokesman for Narconon.I can confirm that I am not aware that anyone from Bear Tower has requested for the intervention of the LI 118 The boy was accompanied by car directly to Lecce from two of our players. "

Bing translation:

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"There was no call from Narconon to 118"

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"The 118 has nothing to do. Among the records of incoming calls to the operations center there is no game from Narconon Center in Torre dell'Orso ". The news is Maurizio Scardia, Director of 118 of the Asl of Lecce. "I did check all telephone calls recorded on our server between 8 hours and 18 hours yesterday and none was found to indicate that it is tragically ended at Galatina".

Yet the writer listened to Antonio and Piero, the two players who had accompanied l. i., the 22-year-old Neapolitan yesterday removed the life, in his trips between Torre dell'Orso, Galatina, Lecce and speak clearly someone had in the morning with the 118.

"One possible explanation is that the two young people, shocked by the tragic death of the boy, have responded to the question about 118 confusing them with first aid of Vito Fazzi"-says Alexander Troso, spokesperson for Narconon. I can confirm that I understand that someone from Torre dell'Orso has requested to l. i. 118 intervention. The boy was accompanied by car directly in Lecce from two of our operators ".

Very sorry for the loved ones.   :'(

Narconon has no clue.  They don't even suspect there may be a clue out there somewhere.
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« Reply #157 on: August 21, 2014, 08:56 »
Their clues are being fed to them via lawsuits and judges.  That's unfortunately all they hear and even then they need a hearing aid.
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« Reply #158 on: August 22, 2014, 09:53 »
Two translations of a new article with more info from ESMB:
http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?36745-Patient-falls-to-death-while-in-care-of-Narconon-in-Italy-(re-Scientology-rehab)&p=957187&viewfull=1#post957187

mnql1:
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Translation of an Italian article posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 on the website of the daily newspaper Il Mattino:
Lecce. 22enne napoletano suicida in ospedale, quattro ore di calvario per un ricovero: aperta un'inchiesta
Suicide of a 22-year-old Naples man in a hospital after a 4-hour ordeal to seek admission - investigation opened

by Maddalena Mongiò
August 21, 2014

Less than twenty-four hours after the tragedy, the ASL local health authority has launched an internal investigation to clarify the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a 22-year-old Naples man, Luca Izzo. Yesterday morning, Galatina police sent a detailed report to prosecutor Giuseppe Capoccia. The report provides facts, witness testimony, and observations collected at the scene where the young man took his own life, the Santa Caterina Novella Hospital in Galatina.

The man had arrived in Salento on Tuesday morning at the Narconon "Il Gabbiano" rehab center, located at Torre dell'Orso in the Melendugno marina, to free himself from a drug addiction, but instead, on Tuesday afternoon, he took his own life by jumping from the fourth floor of the Santa Caterina Novella Hospital in Galatina during a very difficult wait to obtain admission to the hospital.

It is now up to the ASL internal investigation to shed light on the sequence of events and to assess potential responsibility, if any, on the part of medical staff involved in the incident. Though the ASL is investigating, it is possible that the prosecutor might also open an investigation within the next few hours, because the family is upset over the death.

The young man twice attempted suicide on the last day of his life: once inside the Narconon center, a second time in the emergency room of the Vito Fazzi Hospital in Lecce. At about noon on Tuesday, just moments after his arrival at the Narconon center, he exhibited severe agitation caused by withdrawal symptoms. He became so agitated that he repeatedly banged his head against a wall.

Three Narconon employees made him get into a car and drove him to the emergency room at Vito Fazzi Hospital. There he was kept under observation for three hours, sedated, and subjected to psychiatric examination. The psychiatrist who saw him did not find grounds for mandatory medical treatment and, after being given medication that lessened the effects of his drug withdrawal, the young man signed a voluntary discharge form.

The lull did not last long. Within a half-hour, the Narconon employees had to take Luca back to the Vito Fazzi Hospital emergency room because he had found a pair of scissors somewhere and was threatening to slash his wrists. At that point, the psychiatrist was called to the emergency room, and she explained to the young man that he should stay at the hospital. Unfortunately, however, there was no bed available in the psychiatric ward at Vito Fazzi Hospital. A phone call was made to the Department of Psychiatry at the hospital in Galatina and an empty bed was found. How to get there? No ambulance was available, so the Narconon employees had no choice: they got back in their car to drive to the hospital in Galatina.

It was now late afternoon, about 6 p.m. The Narconon employees took the young man straight to the psychiatric ward, but he could not be admitted because he first had to fill in the admission form in the hospital's emergency room. This leg of the journey was fatal to Luca. One of the Narconon employees entered the emergency room to complete the formalities, while the other two employees and the young man waited outside the hospital. It was now almost 6:30 p.m. The ordeal had lasted more than four hours. The young man bent over, took off his shoes, and began running to his death, followed by the Narconon employees. The young man climbed up the fire escape and, on the fourth floor, where the Narconon employees were one meter away from him, he leaped out. With the flight of an angel, a young life was gone, leaving behind him pain, dismay, and many questions.

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I have translated that article. Here it is:

GALATINA-less than 24 hours after the tragedy there is an internal investigation of the Asl to clarify the suicide of the 22-year-old Neapolitan Luca Izzo. But already yesterday morning an inquest has been opened by Commissioner of Galatina for the public minister, Giuseppe Capoccia. In the report, the facts have been reported, testimonies and evaluation of the spot where the boy took his life, at the hospital Santa Catarina Novella, in Galatina.




The young man had arrived in the Salento Tuesday morning at the Centre of Narconon detoxification "Il Gabbiano" of Torre dell'Orso, Marina di Melendugno to free himself from drug dependence, but in the afternoon of the same day, however, took his life by jumping from the fourth floor of the hospital "Santa Caterina" Novella of Galatina, waiting for a hospital bed that was not available.


And now, the ASL is trying to shed light on the dynamics and facts to ascertain any liability, if there are any, on the part of the hospital staff, at various levels. Investigations are ongoing with the Asl, but is not exclude that even the Prosecutor may open in the next few hours an investigation, partly because the family are not simply resigning to the fact that their son's body is being returned to them.


The boy, during the last day of his life, attempted suicide twice: once inside the Narconon Center, and a second time in the emergency room of the hospital "Vito Fazzi" of Lecce. Around noon on Tuesday, having just arrived in the Centre, he had shown severe shaking due to a withdrawal. He was agitated to the point of hitting his head against the wall.


Three operators of Narconon got him into a car and he was taken to the emergency room of the Fazzi hospital. Here he was kept in observation for three hours, sedated and underwent a psychiatric examination. The psychiatrist who visited him had not considered, however, that obligitory treatment was necessary and the boy was administered drugs that subdued the effects of withdrawal symptoms from Narcotics, and then the boy signed a volontary dimission document.


But it lasted only a short time. Half an hour later, the operators brought Luca to the emergency room of Fazzi hospital again because, with a pair of scissors, taken from who knows where, he had attempted to cut his veins. At that point, the psychiatrist was called to the emergency room for a consultation. The boy was explained about the opportunities of hospitalization: A pity, though, that in the psychiatric ward of the Fazzi there was no room available. A phone call to the Department of Psychiatry of Galatina was made and here a free bed was found. But how to get there? There was no ambulance available and so the Narconon operators had no choice: back in to their car to get to the hospital Galatinese.


It was now late afternoon, around 18. The Narconon operators brought the boy directly to the ward but he could not be taken in because beforehand he had to be admitted through the emergency room. This was fatal for Luca. One of the operators went to the emergency room for the formalities while the other two operators and the young boy waited outside the hospital. It was now almost 18.30 and after over four hours of suffering, the boy bent over, took off his shoes and started running towards his death, chased by the operators. The boy climbed a fire escape staircase to the fourth floor, and when the operators were just a meter away from him, he threw himself off the building: an Angel and a young life gone. Leaving all around him sorrow, dismay, and many questions to be answered.
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Translation of an Italian article posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 on the website of the daily newspaper Quotidiano di Puglia:
Asl, commissione d'inchiesta sul suicidio del 22enne:«Non tutto è chiaro. Faremo luce»
Local health authority investigating suicide of the 22-year-old:
"Not everything is clear. We will bring the facts to light"

by Maddalena Mongiò
August 23, 2014

GALATINA - The ASL local health authority has opened a commission of inquiry to assess potential responsibility for the suicide of a 21-year-old Naples man, Luca Izzo (he would have turned 22 in October) who, late on Tuesday late afternoon, took his own life by jumping from the fourth floor of a fire escape outside Santa Caterina Novella Hospital in Galatina. The young man's body has already been delivered back to Naples and, at noon yesterday morning, the body was cremated.

"We've received the reports from the hospital managers," says Valdo Mellone, director general of the Lecce ASL, "but not everything is clear. The circumstances that have been reported do not warrant any immediate disciplinary action, but to dispel any doubt, we've decided to establish a commission of inquiry presided by the medical director, Ottavio Narracci. Dr. Alberto Tortorella and two or three other persons will certainly also be part of the commission. I'm presently taking this into consideration."

The first chapter has now begun, and it could not be otherwise, because there is a family that has the right to know how and why a young man who wanted to better his future returned home in a coffin.

The ASL would have preferred that an autopsy be performed, but since the young man had not been formally admitted to hospital, permission had to be requested from the public prosecutor's office. The answer was no, because the body had already been released and, as mentioned earlier, cremated. The evidence that an autopsy would have provided will therefore not be available.

Many questions have been left dangling, questions that cannot be answered. The young man's leap has left a trail of pain and dismay, along with a host of questions. The ASL is investigating, but it is possible that the prosecutor's office might also open an investigation because the family is very upset over this death.

On Wednesday morning, the Galatina police commissariat sent prosecutor Giuseppe Capoccia a detailed report which provides facts, witness testimony, and observations collected at the scene where the young man took his own life. For Luca Izzo, it was all over in a matter of hours. He had decided to go to rehab and, with his family, had chosen Narconon "Il Gabbiano" at Torre dell'Orso, a rehabilitation center where former addicts, once they have emerged from the tunnel of drug dependence, help other young people chase away the "monkey," as drug addiction is called in their jargon. The center is private and a monthly fee has to be paid for access. On average, the detoxification period requires a stay of at least three months.

Narconon employees went to Naples on Tuesday morning to meet Luca Izzo and take him to the center. He had just arrived when, around noon, he began to show signs of strong agitation caused by severe withdrawal symptoms. When he began banging his head against a wall at the center, Narconon decided to take him to the emergency room. According to statements released by the Narconon legal affairs officer, Alessandro Troso, there was no time to ask the doctor who checks the health of Narconon's guests every morning for a consultation.

Three Narconon employees took the young man to the emergency room at Vito Fazzi Hospital, where he was kept under observation for three hours, sedated, and underwent a psychiatric examination. In the meantime, the medication abated the effects of his drug withdrawal, and he signed a voluntary discharge form. Then, after a suicide attempt with a pair of scissors, the psychiatrist recommended voluntary admission. Vito Fazzi Hospital had no available bed and no ambulance to transfer him to Galatina. He arrived in at Santa Caterina Hospital in Galatina with the Narconon employees, but while waiting for the formal admission procedure, he escaped and leaped to his death.
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