GROUP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST NARCONONS PLANS FOR TROUT RUN - Sylvia Carignan
Local residents seeking information about Narconon’s plans for a drug rehabilitation center near Thurmont got more than they asked for at a public meeting Tuesday.
A Facebook group, “No Narconon at Trout Run,” had 230 members as of Tuesday afternoon. Its local members organized a meeting Tuesday evening at Urbana’s public library, attended by about 20 people.
Thurmont residents and group members Kai Hagen and Mark Long spoke about a drug rehab center planned for a 40-acre site named Trout Run, off Catoctin Hollow Road near Thurmont, that Narconon wants to open.
Narconon, an organization that provides drug rehabilitation programs, uses methods developed by the Church of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
“We do not want Narconon in our community, or any community, for that matter,” Long said.
To establish a “residential drug rehabilitation center” at Trout Run, Narconon will need the site to be added to the county’s historic register. The County Council has closed the public record and is not accepting further comments, although it has yet to make a decision on the historic designation.
“The one big issue we have is ... the community is clamoring to have an impact,” Hagen said.
Members of the “No Narconon” group invited former Narconon student and former staff member David E. Love to speak about his experience at a Narconon center in Quebec.
“It’s all deceit and a lie, it really is,” Love said.