San Francisco schools are using a Scientology-influenced drug curriculum, reports Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle.
A popular anti-drug program provided free to schools in San Francisco and elsewhere teaches concepts straight out of the Church of Scientology, including medical theories that some addiction experts described as “irresponsible” and “pseudoscience.”
As a result, students are being introduced to some beliefs and methods of Scientology without their knowledge.
L. Ron Hubbard, the science-fiction writer and founder of Scientology, is the co-founder of Narconon.
Narconon’s anti-drug instruction rests on these key church concepts: that the body stores all kinds of toxins indefinitely in fat, where they wreak havoc on the mind until “sweated” out. Those ideas are rejected by the five medical experts contacted by The Chronicle, who say there is no evidence to support them.
In response to the Chronicle story, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said the curriculum must eliminate inaccurate and misleading information or be dropped by San Francisco schools.
Update: In Utah, Scientology has inspired a proposal for drug-sweating saunas for alternative high school students, reports Daryl Cobranchi.