PRESS RELEASE: Free Site Offers Real Help for Friends and Loved Ones Hooked on Drugs

I saw this press release and wanted to take this opportunity to give you a heads up about press releases like this and the occasional news stories based on them.

I can’t confirm it yet, but I suspect that this press release is linked to Narconon (they have a program in Michigan), a treatment program tied to the Church of Scientology. The address was previously used by a Scientology linked business, Scientology has a large base in Clearwater, and the name listed in the press release (although it is a pretty common name) is associated with Scientology.

Narconon and the church issue dozens of press releases like this every year, they also have dozens of websites. Many of these press releases and website appear to hide their association to Narconon and try to get you to call an 800 number. Even when you talk with someone, you can’t count on getting straight answers. I once took a call from Stone Hawk and they denied any affiliation or basis in Scientology.

I also see this press release strategy used by Hythiam. The company that has licensed PROMETA, a protocol of prescription drugs and nutritional supplements.

It’s easier to be skeptical of a press release, but these press releases are often written as news stories and sometimes lazy journalists or publications will print them with little or no editing.

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