|Why Is Sheriff Lee Baca Trying to Force
Narconon & Scientology on the Residents of Leona Valley?
Last year, the Narconon drug education program was expelled from California public schools, following a review of the program's materials. In June, 2004, a series of articles by Nanette Asimov was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, exposing Scientology's infiltration of the San Francisco Unified School District.
Narconon, a Scientology front group, was being allowed to present founder L. Ron Hubbard's theories of drug abuse and detox, the same theories which are physically applied in Narconon drug rehab facilities.
Following the first articles, State schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell called for a review board to evaluate the Narconon educational program.
O'Connell requested the independent evaluation
in July after The Chronicle reported in June that Narconon introduced
students to some beliefs and methods of Scientology without their
Five medical doctors and nine school health education specialists evaluated Narconon for scientific accuracy and how well its teaching methods might help students avoid taking drugs.
Information provided to students by Narconon "does not reflect accurate, widely accepted medical and scientific evidence," the researchers said. "Some information is misleading because it is overstated or does not distinguish between drug use and abuse."
The stories reported that Narconon's
instruction rests, in part, on church beliefs that drug residues remain
indefinitely in body fat, causing people to experience repeated drug
flashbacks and cravings. Some teachers also reported that Narconon
instructors taught their students that drug residues can be sweated out
in saunas and that colored ooze is produced when drugs exit the body.
In exchange for the free program, Narconon asks
students and teachers to write letters of thanks to the businesses and
uses the letters in its promotional materials. These letters are
subsequently used to promote Narconon's educational program to other
"Inaccurate and misleading drug-related information is problematic because it can confuse students and be perceived as designed to arouse fear. It may also lead students to discredit the schools' drug prevention program and distrust educators.
Inaccuracies and misleading inferences were not limited to a single material, but were evident in NDAP elementary, middle and high school presentation outlines and delivery scripts and in the supplementary drug prevention materials available to schools that were provided for this review. (See Appendix C for annotated examples of inaccurate and misleading information.)"
Sheriff Baca Supporting a Narconon in Leona Valley?
am writing in support of an application for a Use Permit
filed by Narconon for the purpose of modifying the existing use of a
property on Bouquet Canyon Road, to allow Narconon to operate a drug
Los Angeles County requires effective drug rehabilitation services, which the Narconon program provides and the Saugus rural area outside Santa Clarita is a perfect location for such work to be done. I understand that some residents of this area have expressed concerns about having a drug rehabilitation center in their area; however, I am very familiar with the Narconon program. It is a fee-for-service program requiring voluntary willingness to enroll and it has a detailed screening process...The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department looks forward to working with Narconon. I recommend that the Regional Planning Commission approve this application fora Use Permit by Narconon."