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Friday, 28 September 2012

NARCONON - employees are trading drugs in exchange for sex with patients.

McALESTER, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma drug rehab facility is being forced to hand over records that could possibly disclose that some employees are trading drugs in exchange for sex with patients.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied Narconon Arrowhead's request to keep those documents protected.

The documents will soon be released to the attorney representing the family of a young woman who overdosed after being released from the facility in 2008.

That attorney said the facility considers employee records confidential, because many are former patients, so releasing them would violate Narconon's physician-patient privilege.

The attorney will not be able to disclose the details within those documents with the public, at this time, but he said they may contain evidence of employee misconduct.

7/22/2012 Related Story: Father Calls Daughter's Death At McAlester Rehab Facility Preventable

It's been more than four years since Heather Landmeier went from a bubbly, free-spirited 20-something to a woman, in a vegetative state, fully dependent on another's care.

"We're definitely blessed to have her still here, but it's definitely exhausting and it's such a challenge every day," said Heather's sister, Hilary Landmeier.

Heather was a drug addict. Hilary said Heather got hooked on heroine after high school.

It was something her family never would have imagined.

"[She was] the popular girl, just loved by everybody, and you could never think that she could have anything going wrong in her life. It was her little kept secret that she didn't tell anybody about," Hilary said.

Heather went to Narconon Arrowhead to get help.

It's a drug and alcohol rehab center near McAlester that treats with teachings inspired by the Church of Scientology.

Heather tried treatment at Narconon three separate times.

During her third stint at the facility, her family claims she fell back into the grip of addiction—this time at the hands of Narconon employees.

"It got to the point where she had relapsed and was being provided drugs by these two different full-time staff members in exchange for sex," said the Landmeiers' attorney, Donnie Smolen, II.

8/25/2012 Related Story: Narconon CEO Talks About Allegations As Protesters Gather

Smolen said when Heather tested positive for drugs and she was kicked out of the program on March 5, 2008, no one in her family was called.

Within hours of her release, Heather had overdosed in a Tulsa hotel room. She's now in a persistent vegetative state.

"The facility knows how much drugs is going through that place, how much sex is going on, and they allow it to keep occurring," Smolen said.

Heather's family has filed a civil lawsuit against Narconon Arrowhead.

Smolen said he believes there are more cases like Heather's, but they have been swept under the rug, hidden in employee records.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sweeney Sues Scientology-Based Clinic for his Suicide Attempt - we dare FIDDAMAN to cover this story?

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - A man tried to kill himself at a Scientology-affiliated detox clinic after its "purification rundown" took him off his prescribed medicines in a "quick taper," the man claims in court.

William Sweeney sued Pur Detox, and Dr. Allan Sosin in Orange County Superior Court, alleging negligence, medical malpractice and negligent supervision.

Sweeney says he "suffered severe personal injuries" when he jumped off a third-floor balcony at the Dana Point clinic, where he had checked in for drug and alcohol problems. He claims the clinic weaned him off his psychiatric medications through Scientology's "purification rundown," which uses exercise, vitamins and long stints in the sauna.

"Pur Detox Inc. is a Church of Scientology-affiliated facility which has a policy of quickly weaning clients off of psychiatric medications," the complaint states. Sweeney says the clinic "uses the detoxification program known as the Purification Rundown, which was developed by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard."

After a 20-minute consultation with Sosin, Sweeney says, he was weaned off his medications, including the anti-opiate Suboxone and the anti-psychotic Seroquel.

During that week, Sweeney claims, he was often left unsupervised, Sosin saw him only once, and never asked if he was suffering from withdrawal.

"On or about December 11, 2011, during the 'quick taper' period, Pur Detox staff members took plaintiff to the third floor of the residence. Plaintiff was led out onto a third floor balcony and told to do certain 'visualization' exercises. After the exercise on the balcony plaintiff returned downstairs, where he was left alone," the complaint states.

"Instead of monitoring an observing plaintiff, the staff member assigned to him went to sleep on another level of the residence. At approximately 6:00 p.m. plaintiff returned to the unsecured third-floor, went out onto the unsecured balcony through an unlocked and unalarmed sliding door, and attempted suicide by jumping off the balcony."

Sweeney says the fall left him with multiple fractures and a 4-week stay in a hospital.

He seeks punitive damages, medical and incidental costs, and lost and impaired future earnings.

He is represented by Gordon Phillips.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

What were Bob Fiddaman plans when he hoped to get the GSK Seroxat compensation?

Under 5 years old child deaths around the world = 7 million in 2011

Child deaths around the world below 7 million in 2011

The number of children under the age of five who die annually fell to less than 7 million in 2011, but around 19,000 boys and girls around the world are still dying every day from largely preventable causes, the UN said.   A report by the United Nations Children's Fund said that four-fifths of under-five deaths last year occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. More than half the pneumonia and diarrhoea deaths – which together account for almost 30 per cent of under-five deaths worldwide – occur in just four countries: Congo, India, Nigeria and Pakistan, it said.

"Given the prospect that these regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa, will account for the bulk of the world's births in the next years, we must give new impetus to the global momentum to reduce under-five deaths," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in the report.

He said children from disadvantaged and marginalised families in poor and fragile nations are the most likely to die before their fifth birthday, but their lives can be saved with vaccines, adequate nutrition and basic medical and maternal care.

"The world has the technology and know-how to do so," Lake said. "The challenge is to make these available to every child."

UNICEF said the rate of decline in under-five deaths has drastically accelerated in the last decade, from 1.8 per cent per year during the 1990s to 3.2 per cent per year between 2000 and 2011

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Paralympian sailor Helena Lucas - no thumbs, mother took morning sickness pill,

Olympics 2012:

Paralympian sailor Helena Lucas
And sports-mad Helena Lucas has her heart set on securing selection to represent Great Britain on home waters in 2012.

The Paralympian got her first taste of the electric atmosphere of the Games in Athens as a reserve and finished seventh in Beijing so for her a Paralympic podium place is unfinished business.

Speaking from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), Helena, 35, said: “I came seventh in Beijing, and I was really disappointed with the result but I learned an awful lot from the mistakes I made.

“That’s what’s really driven me for this campaign to get it right and hopefully get on the podium.”

Helena, who is campaigning in the 2.4m keelboat class, was born without thumbs but adapted quickly as a child and said ‘I can’t think of anything I can’t actually do, you find your own little way.’ The 35-year-old, from Southampton, added: “I grew up through the Olympic classes and able-bodied sailing and knew very little about disabled sailing.

“When I first started I was amazed by how able everybody is.

“Guys in wheelchairs were getting in boats and I was impressed with how as soon as everybody gets on the water it’s almost like everyone’s disabilities disappear.”

Helena’s disability was the side effect of her mother taking a morning sickness pill during pregnancy but the positive athlete just feels ‘extremely lucky’ not to have been worse affected.

The ‘sport fanatic’ was in the hockey and netball team at school and also loves swimming, cycling, skiing and running.

Helena is pleased to have had the opportunity to familiarise herself with the ‘topsy turvy’ Games environment.

She said: “The difference between the Paralympics and a normal regatta is often the venues seem just massive, with a lot less athletes as there’s only one representative per country for each class.

“Plus, there’s increased publicity and you’re suddenly part of a much bigger team you’ve never been part of before.

“The sailing venues of Athens and Beijing were ridiculously large but WPNSA is just perfect, it’s a lot smaller but it’s absolutely spot on, last year at Sail for Gold, which was a big, big regatta there was still plenty of space on the slipway.”

Her biggest rival for selection is Portland’s Megan Pascoe.

She said: “The trials will probably come down between me and Meg; at the moment we’re training and working well together.

“We both realise the ultimate goal is a medal but when it comes to the trials we’ll have to go our separate ways and fight it out on the water.”