Kim P wrote:
> Tanya Durni wrote:
>> "Pain medication is tailor-made for persons tolerant to medication,"
>> said Forest Tennant, a medical doctor who specializes in pain
>> management. "Also, pain itself prevents sedation and overdose.
>> Consequently, prescription pain medication like OxyContin may easily
>> overdose a teenager."
>> "A free workshop for parents will take place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on
>> Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Mira Costa High School in Room 200. Certified
>> chemical dependency counselor Daphna Hernandez of the Narconon program
>> will counsel parents on how to identify and deal with possible drug
>> habits of their children. Teenagers are also welcomed."
> certified by whom? Hubbard's drekology? If so then the counselor is
> hardly certified as a real certification would include training in what
> addiction is and how it works and why it works as well as different
> approaches to helping an addicted person - including psychotherapeutic
> treatments, medical treatments for withdrawl symptoms, and therapies
> which include family sessions. Bet narconon can't do any of that since
> they only want to push their pseudo-scientific, medically unproven, and
> possibly dangerous purification rundown.
> Kim P
You can write to the administrators of Mira Costa high school. The school has a website here: http://www.mchs.manhattan.k12.ca.us/education/school/school.php?sectionid=2
I wrote the principal, Dr. Scott Wilbur: Dr. Wilbur,
I am writing to you because of a piece I read in the Easyreader website. In part, the article stated, "A free workshop for parents will take place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Mira Costa High School in Room 200. Certified chemical dependency counselor Daphna Hernandez of the Narconon program will counsel parents on how to identify and deal with possible drug habits of their children. Teenagers are also welcomed."
Narconon is not accredited by the state, nor are their counselors certified outside of the Narconon milieu. Recently, Narconon's drug education program was reviewed by by a panel of experts who dismissed the program as being misleading and scientifically innacurate. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/02/BAGN292LAC1.DTL
As a result of this decision, public schools in San Francisco and Los Angeles have dropped the Narconon program. Narconon is a front group for the "church" of Scientology. It promotes founder L. Ron Hubbard's teachings under the guise of drug education.
I suggest you research this group further before allowing them to present their material on your campus. http://stop-narconon.org is a well researched and well documented site by Dr. Dave Touretzsky, a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon university.
Feel free to write, folks! Don't be shy!
-- --barb Chaplain,ARSCC
"Imagine a church so dangerous, you must sign a release form before you can receive its "spiritual assistance." This assistance might involve holding you against your will for an indefinite period, isolating you from friends and family, and denying you access to appropriate medical care. You will of course be billed for this treatment - assuming you survive it. If not, the release form absolves your caretakers of all responsibility for your suffering and death.
Welcome to the Church of Scientology."
--Dr. Dave Touretzky Peter Alexander