Tonight, on my regular visit to a pub in The Hague, I met a friend (a guy I have known for a couple of years as a barkeeper and DJ) who told me he now worked in a drug prevention agency for the city.
We were talking about these poor sods that were hooked on heroin and other substances, and about our own early little discovery trips and all that.
Then I casually dropped the name "Narconon".
You wouldn't believe the amount of complaints that this man came up with about "Narconon". (Obviously many who regularly read news about $cientology will, but still.)
As it turns out, the one "narconon" institution in The Netherlands is responsible for about 10% of all the people in other programs. To state that more clearly, at least 10% of all the junkies in all the programs there are here to help them, have "previous experiences" with narconon. And that means that the government could save a lot of money, by getting rid of it. And that would save even more than 10%, because the "narconon" program is notoriously expensive. But then again, it is apparently not the government that is paying for the treatment...
But there is where our discussion "stalled". Because neither of us were sure who was paying for such useless "treatment".
Somebody pays. If anyone knows, please drop me a line... ;-)