Translation of a Feb. 14, 2011 article on the website of Radio-Canada, the Fre…


Translation of a Feb. 14, 2011 article on the website of Radio-Canada, the French counterpart of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

David Edgar Love continuing his fight against Narconon

Monday, February 14, 2011 6:11 P.M.

A former patient and employee of Narconon is continuing his efforts to prevent the detoxification centre, which is located in Trois-Rivières and whose methods have been criticized in the past, from obtaining certification by the Department of Health.

David Edgar Love came to Trois-Rivières on Monday to meet with an official of the Regional Health Agency.

Radio-Canada has obtained a copy of a complaint filed by Mr. David Edgar Love last October 8 at the office of Health Minister Yves Bolduc. The three-page document levels accusations against the Narconon drug rehabilitation centre, whose ties with the Church of Scientology have often been cited.

The complaint states:

•When I was a patient and, later, an employee, I collected evidence proving that Narconon [...] runs the centre in a manner that is dangerous to the health of patients;
•When I paid for these expensive treatments, I had no way of konwing that Narconon was practicing misleading advertising by talking about a 76% success rate;
•I was convinced that I was going to follow a drug rehabilitation program managed by qualified personnel and not by a pseudoscientific group with no qualifications.
Compulsory Certification

Between now and next July, Narconon will be obliged to file an application with the Ministry of Health, because all centres specialized in drug addiction will have to follow more stringent regulations.

For several months, David Edgar Love has been making many efforts to prevent Narconon from obtaining this certification. Last week, he traveled to Ottawa to inform Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

The detox centre will have to demonstrate that its intervention model is proven and, if necessary, to clearly indicate any form of religious allegiance. According to the Mauricie and Central Quebec Health and Social Services Agency, Narconon has yet to to file an application.

"This will mean several hundred dollars a day for those who operate this type of resource without a certificate," said the director of the Mauricie and Central Quebec Health and Social Services Agency.

Radio-Canada tried, without success, to contact the Director of Narconon.

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