The Fauteux Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Important For Many Reasons

This is a Complaint for Damages regarding the November 6, 2015 wrongful death of Tabatha Fauteux, a graduate of the Narconon Fresh Start program in Harlingen, TX , who was sent to Los Angeles as a trainee – housed and trained under the control and supervision of Narconon Int & ABLE. The complaint’s First Causes of Action are Wrongful Death Survival Action – meaning for the parents as survivors and for damages the Decedent (Tabatha) would be entitled to had she survived. The defendants are Narconon Int, ABLE, and those as yet unnamed as liable parties to this case.”

The volunteers at Narconon Reviews have worked over the past few year to provide a website of information to better educate the public on issues, pitfalls and dangers when seeking professional addiction help on the internet for oneself, or a loved one.

Our concerns arose from credible information and complaints received about the Scientology based Narconon and unbranded Narconon programs and their deceptive trade practices causing hardship. There have been far too many needless Narconon related deaths, but the late 2015 death of Tabatha Fauteux during her stay at their upper management training facility exemplifies all that is wrong with the mentality and culture of Narconon.

It’s irrefutable that Narconon is one of a number of several Scientology front groups created to infiltrate communities, provide a taste of Scientology (without calling it that) and gain goodwill so that people could be lured in to the church, thereby making new members. Because 99% of the Narconon program is based in Scientology processes, procedures scientolgists call “spiritual practices”, graduates and most staff do not realize that they are being indoctrinated into Scientology throughout the program.

Because Narconon was set up to be a non-profit, non-religious secular program (same information, only illustrated and in different book covers), Narconon staff are trained to say that Narconon is not Scientology. Students are told it isn’t when it is. Narconon is Scientology. Period.

People doing the program are given a false sense of safety that the courses they are taking, the procedures they are practicing, are the sole key to overcoming their addiction

Graduates, many who feel they benefited some from the program, often find out the hard way that they are not prepared to maintain recovery in the world outside the program. Hence, relapses are very common.

Narconon is known for targeting select soon-to-be graduates for introduction to the Scientology organization for further Scientology steps. These all which come with a cost far beyond their price tags. At first, this recruitment is done without the person even knowing he or she is targeted. However, as soon as the person is in a position to be pressured with Scientology hard sell techniques to join, a state of being overwhelmed and controlled begins.

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Young, beautiful Tabatha Fauteux, free of drugs thus far, just wanted learn her job and help those substance abuse problems. When offered, she seized the opportunity to go to Los Angeles and get trained by Narconon’s upper management, the defendants. But these arrogant management staff, whose job was to supervise and protect the students and make sure the training was done “right” exactly per Hubbard’s instructions, had other plans.

Tabatha didn’t want to be a scientologist but they tried anyway and didn’t give up trying. So mind-altering herbs were given by the training staff, to her and others during their training stay under the controlled watchful eyes of the defendant’s and their staff agents. The defendants’ plan backfired and Tabatha died a sad and preventable death due to their negligence and stupidity.

The complaint reads in part:

“In or about August 2015, Tabitha was asked by her employer to go to NARCONON which was located in Los Angeles for further training. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, Tabatha was taken to an apartment where other “trainers” were staying located at the Oakwood Apartments at 3600 Barham Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The apartment was rented and provided to Tabatha by ABLE.

While in Los Angeles, Tabatha went to ABLE on a daily basis and spent between 12 to 18 hours per day at ABLE. While at ABLE, Tabatha was exposed and pressured to join the Church of Scientology. During these sessions, It is alleged in the lawsuit that Tabatha was provided with Kratom by employees of Defendants NARCONON and ABLE. Kratom is a herb that in lower doses, is a stimulant drug that may increase focus, attention, energy, and alertness while in higher doses, it may produce a pleasant and mellow “high” similar to opioid drugs.

Plaintiffs are informed and believes, and based thereupon alleges, that the personnel at NARCONON and ABLE did not have the requisite knowledge, training, education or experience in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation and either failed to recognize the dangers of providing former heroin addicts with Kratom that can mimic certain of the effects of opioid drugs, such as heroin, or alternatively, acted in a conscious disregard for the health, safety and welfare of the trainers, including Tabatha, by providing herbal drugs knowing that by doing so, the trainers, including Tabatha, would be placed at greater risk for repeat use of opioid drugs, including heroin.

Tabatha was also pressured while participating as a “trainer” to join the Church of Scientology. Tabatha resisted and rejected the tenants of the Church of Scientology, but was being controlled and directed by Defendants since her apartment was being provided by Defendants, 12 to 18 hours each day Tabatha was exposed to and pressured to join the Church of Scientology and Defendants were providing herbal drugs that caused or contributed to her relapsing to heroin use, all during which time Tabatha was in a drug rehabilitation facility operated and run by Defendants.

15. Plaintiffs are informed and believes, and based thereupon allege, that due to the conduct of Defendants, Tabatha was impliedly under the control of Defendants, during which time she relapsed back to heroin use. On November 6, 2015, Tabatha overdosed on heroin and died.

16. Defendants, and each of them, acted negligently and carelessly and proximately caused and contributed to the death of Tabatha by:

a. failing to provide reasonable and adequate supervision of its trainers and staff;

b. failing to exercise proper care in the selection, hiring and retention of its employees and staff;

c. failing to prevent the promotion and use of herbal drugs by its employees;

d. failing to take action to prevent its employees providing herbal drugs to “trainees”

e. placing its “trainees” in a position whereby the trainees would be controlled and directed by controlling their place of residence, controlling their activities during the whole day and exposing the trainees to recruitment to the Church of Scientology under the guise of drug treatment and rehabilitation;

f. using trainers who had previously failed the Narconon program and returned to drug use as supervisors and role models for the trainees, such as Tabatha, thereby increasing the probability that Tabatha would return to drug use. ” Read the full complaint for more details and specific explanations of the claims made against these Scientology and Narconon entities.”

This case ties in all that is so typically bad about the Scientology based Narconon program. May it be the case bring justice for Tabatha Fauteux and Family, and the demise of what’s left of this deceptive, heartless, money obsessed, recruiting machine.

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