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September 16, 2013

Ruling due in Narconon suit

MCALESTER — A Pittsburg County district judge is slated to issue a ruling this week on whether Narconon Arrowhead will have to provide documents related to alleged drug and alcohol use by employees as part of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman left in a vegetative state by a drug overdose.

The suit was filed in March 2010 on behalf of Heather Landmeier and alleges Narconon Arrowhead staff gave her drugs while she was in the detox program. The suit also alleges Landmeier had sex with staff members.

On March 4, 2008, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol allegedly given to her by Narconon staff, the suit alleges Landmeier was forced to leave the facility and her family was not notified. The lawsuit also states Landmeier overdosed in a Tulsa motel room the next day and was left in a permanent vegetative state, paralyzed from the neck down, the McAlester News-Capital reported.

The facility in McAlester is the subject of several lawsuits. The drug rehab facility, which uses Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings, has denied any wrongdoing.

A hearing is set for Wednesday in Pittsburg County District Court on whether documents related to drug and alcohol use by staff members will have to be produced. The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 and alleges breach of duty of care.

In August, the facility lost its temporary state certification to conduct medical detox services. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services said Narconon Arrowhead didn’t meet the state’s requirements to obtain full certification.

An attorney for Narconon, David Riggs of Tulsa, said the temporary permit expired before the facility could meet all of the requirements for a permanent license. He said the facility intends to file a new certification application and hopes to resume its medical detox services before the end of the year.

Riggs said the facility is still offering rehabilitation services.

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