Suits claim Narconon Arrowhead drugs-for-sex trade

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Five lawsuits against Narconon Arrowhead in Pittsburg County accuse counselors at the organization of trading drugs for sex and claim one patient's credit card was fraudulently charged for $14,500.

Narconon Arrowhead officials issued a statement saying the lawsuits filed Thursday are financially motivated and "have no foundation of truth." The organization said its purpose is to help people overcome addiction and to prevent young people from developing drug habits.

The nonprofit facility in Canadian, Oklahoma is under investigation following the deaths of three clients in the span of a year. A fourth client died at a hospital.

Three of those families are also suing Narconon Arrowhead, which is affiliated with the Church of Scientology.

No criminal charges have been filed in the deaths.