New evidence documents received last week, confirm that the Quebec College of Physicians in Montreal issued a ban on two physicians from associating with a drug detoxification center in Trois-Rivieres. The College stated that the Narconon treatment was not recognized in current medical literature.
On September 5, 2011, I published an Examiner article concerning Dr. Pierre Labonte being banned by the College in part because "It was found that this physician had been in breach of several of his ethical obligations by associating himself with a drug detoxification centre administering treatment not scientifically recognized in current medical literature, by conducting an incomplete medical assessment, and keeping records of mediocre quality."
This same decision was made in 2012 with respect to Dr. Labbe who replaced Dr. Pierre Labonte for the treatment of patients at Narconon Trois-Rivieres.
These two College of Physicians decisions put all Quebec physicians on notice that any participation in the Narconon program would be met with swift intervention and halted. The Narconon sales department then started advising relatives that future patients should see a physician before coming to the center.
Following the College decision was an investigation by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services into the compulsory certification of all drug rehab centers in Quebec. On April 10, 2012, the Health agency sent Narconon Trois-Rivières an “order to evacuate and relocate residents due to reasonable grounds to believe that the resource is engaging in practices which constitute a danger to the residents’ health and safety”, including the following:
- Accepting patients in a state of intoxication (withdrawal) that can present significant risks related to withdrawal, without evaluation of the degree of the severity of the withdrawal with the help of a recognized tool or by means of a medical evaluation;
- Offering a biophysical rehab phase (detoxification) which is a scientifically not recognized treatment which poses risks;
- Having no case worker, clinical coordinator and professional supervisor who
possess the required profile (training and relevant experience);
- Not having a staff member trained in CPR and first aid present at all times in the resource;
- Only considering medication related to a physical medical condition duly diagnosed, prescribed by a doctor and not related to the dependency that the resident wishes to eliminate. In addition, residents are being required to sign a voluntary undertaking in which they agree to suspend their medication during their stay;
- On April 12, 2012, the Agence sent the Narconon center a new letter to the effect that:
“After analysis of your file, and pursuant to conversations we had with you when we met on April 10, 2012, including your categorical refusal to take corrective action related to item 6 of the intervention program, it is with regret that we inform you that the certification committee of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec has the intention to refuse to grant you a certificate of compliance.” Narconon had thereafter 10 days to make submissions to the Agence. On May 9, 2012, the Agence reiterated to Narconon Trois-Rivières its decision not to grant it the certificate of compliance. The centre did not contest this decision before the Tribunal administratif du Québec.
Narconon Trois-Rivieres was forced to close the doors of their 100 bed controversial Scientology drug rehab. Many staff had not be paid in preceding weeks and filed complaints with the Quebec Labour Relations Board and told their horrific stories to media.
- “Concerning hygiene and sanitation, it has been noted that: “The assessment of residents in this regard is negative. During our visit of the premises, the sanitation of the bathrooms was of particular concern.”
Scientology entities from around the globe expressed their anger and paranoid thinking by publishing online stories attacking the writer, the College, and Health authorities in Montreal.
Quotes such as:
- “Narconon Trois-Rivieres is an icon for our times – fighting for the right, to continue to speak out against the powers that be, that lurk behind modern day pharmaceuticals, and pill pushing psychiatry.”
- “In Quebec, there is the prestigious College of Medicine, together with the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Allan Memorial Institute, all still pressing ahead with psychiatric experiments that date back to the 1950′s.”
- “Contrary to popular belief, the Allan Memorial Institute is still operative today, pitting it’s strength and capacity against Narconon Trois-Rivieres, by recruiting as a “mouthpiece” former Narconon student David Edgar Love.”
- “Canada and the Quebec College of Physicians have been duped, have acted reactively to the “hype” put out by David Love as the “mouthpiece” of those with a vested interest in seeing “drug free” addiction recovery programs taken down.”
On August 12, 2012, leaked emails from the United Kingdom, further express Scientology’s attempts to “handle” the negative press:
- “The centre in Quebec was closed because of its political links to France. France takes a very strong Anti-Scientology stance. The attackers used a number of different tactics to get the centre closed down over a number of years. I cannot really comment on this because I do not know the full details. Trust me when I say that it was very criminal behaviour and criminally motivated, and that the tactics were underhand.”
- “In Quebec, there was either a new centre or there were plans to open a new centre to tackle drug and alcohol addiction. It is a centre paid for by companies within the pharmaceutical industry and one which will, in turn, finance the industry by providing treatments which use maintenance prescribing and so forth. Obviously it is in the interest of pharmaceutical industries, and due to the vested interests described, of this new centre, that maintenance prescribing is used.”
- “To have a Narconon centre in the vicinity preaching an entirely different philosophy; not only actually taking people out of this system altogether, but also educating them about the dangers of it, so that they protect themselves and others in the future, is a terrible inconvenience to these organisations. It is a threat to their business, and also to their long-term survival.”
- “The Psychiatric industry is the biggest attacker of Scientology, and in turn Narconon.”
Scientology is well known for their attacks on “Big Pharma” and “Psychiatry”, which these leaked emails and above is published in ludicrous detail.
However, the fact is, after many months of investigations, the Quebec College of Physicians and Quebec health agency had gathered enough scientific and medical evidence to shut down a dangerous drug rehab center near Montreal.
David Edgar Love