Trump Appointee for DOJ Drug Abuse Efforts Has Strong Ties to Scientology-based Detox Programs

Trump Appointee for DOJ Drug Abuse Efforts Has Strong Ties to Scientology-based Detox Programs

Earlier this month WhiteHouse.gov announced several new Trump administration appointments. Trump’s pick to head up the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is  Jon Adler who previously was president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. It was reported in WIRED that Adler sat on the advisory board for a controversial detoxification program based on pseudoscience invented by L. Ron Hubbard and pushed by the Scientology cult under various names over the years.

This current incarnation of the detox program once known as Narcanon is called Heroes Health Fund (HHF).

Adler spent a number of years on the advisory board of the Heroes Health Fund, a group that purports to offer support for “firefighters, police, EMTs, veterans, and others harmed by toxic exposures in the line of duty” using a detoxification program developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

That program has existed under a variety of names over the years, including Purif, the Purification Rundown, Narconon, and the Hubbard Method. It posits that bodies and spirits can be “purified” through a combination of extensive sauna-induced sweat sessions, a niacin-heavy multivitamin, light exercise, and the consumption of pure vegetable oil. Hubbard, of course, had no medical training of any kind, and his detoxification method has been denounced by countless institutions and medical professionals, such as the Los Angeles and San Francisco school districts, the California Medical Association, the National Council Against Health Fraud, and a former Surgeon General of the United States.

It seems as though the cult changes the name of these programs every so often once people catch on that it is L. Ron Hubbard based bullsh*t and not real medical treatment. This version looks like a play to make some money from the increased recognition of first responders in the post 9/11 era.

 

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