Speaking in response to the Court of Appeal (CoA) decision to allow the opening of the Church of Scientology Drug Residential Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Ballivor Co Meath, Aontu Leader and Meath West TD stated:
“The State has a duty of care to patients in need of drug rehabilitation and the community of Ballivor. So far they have refused to provide that duty of care.”
“In response to a Parliamentary Question that I tabled to the Department of Health the Department stated that there is no evidence to suggest that the drug treatment programme, provided by the Church of Scientology would meet any of the criteria set out by the HSE for agencies that provide addiction services in its behalf”.
“People in the grip of addiction are often at their most vulnerable. Over 80% of people presenting with substance abuse suffer with anxiety, depression and have backgrounds of trauma. It is wrong for the government to wash their hands of the responsibility to protect these people.”
“Aontú is calling on the government to institute protections and regulations immediately to protect patients and communities in which these organisations function” said Aontu leader and Meath West TD Peadar Toibin at a recent “Ballivor Says No to Narconon & Scientology protest.
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