Peadar Tóibín TD urges Minister to take a 'pro-active approach' with Ballivor Scientology Centre
Peadar Tóibín had a meeting with Minister of State Catherine Byrne, who has responsibility for the National Drugs strategy, in relation to the crisis in regarding the Scientology residential drug rehabilitation centre in Ballivor County Meath, yesterday evening.
“I raised the major concerns that exist with regard the complete lack of regulation of the residential drug rehabilitation centres in this country.
"I also pressed the Minister on the fact that the government does not even know how many of these centres exist in the country.
“Minister Byrne’s department reiterated that there was no medical evidence to suggest that Scinetology/Narconon’s treatments had positive outcomes.
"The Minister indicated that her department would research further into how to deal with this issue.
“I have submitted Parliamentary Questions seeking to find out how many residential drug rehabilitation centres are operating outside of government overview, and I’m currently working on legislation to resolve this issue.
"The state cannot sit on its hands on this issue. Drug addicts are vulnerable and the state should know what’s happening to people in the care of others in this country.
"I am urging the government to take a proactive approach before its too late in Ballivor."