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Drug aid group asks for grant

Title: Drug aid group asks for grant
Date: Saturday, 28 July 1979
Publisher: Globe and Mail (Canada)
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Toronto ON — Narconon, a Toronto drug rehabilitation centre that uses the controversial techniques of the Church of Scientology, is seeking a provincial grant of $256,000. David Kerr, the Narconon board chairman, has asked for a meeting with Health Minister Dennis Timbrell to discuss how the money could be obtained through various Government departments.

The centre, run by volunteers out of a three-story house on Spadina Avenue, has struggled for the past seven years without Government help to provide addicts with a drug-free withdrawal program.

The Narconon program, which has been operating in the United States since 1966, was started by an Arizona prisoner, William Benitez, using the methods of Scientology. There are now four such centres in Canada.

Toronto volunteer John Bell said in an interview yesterday most of the people who worked at the centre were members of the Church of Scientology, but the centre was not connected with the church as such. No client was forced to become a member of the church, Mr. Bell said.

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