Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and the film "Men in Black," will headline a fundraiser to help Utah police who say methamphetamine sickened them.
The fundraiser will be Sept. 18, said Paul Murphy, spokesman for Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, and is expected to raise money for detoxification treatments for the officers. Murphy said Shurtleff will attend, but other details were not available Wednesday.
A number of former or current Utah police officers claim methamphetamine labs or exposure to the finished drug left them with cancers, neurological problems and other assorted ailments. A few dozen have undergone the detoxification treatment, which utilizes a regimen of exercise and a diet of antioxidants.
Science has yet to support the officers' claims of poisoning by methamphetamine or that the detoxification treatment is effective.
D'Onofrio's sister and brother-in-law opened a Rib City franchise in Sandy in 2007 and later another franchise in American Fork. The Sandy restaurant closed earlier this year. Last year, D'Onofrio held fund raisers at both restaurants to raise money for such police causes as "Shop With a Cop" and a memorial for officers killed in the line of duty.
Vincent D'Onofrio , Rib City Grill and others raise over $100K for Meth Cops Project
On Friday night Vincent D'Onofrio, Mark Shurtleff Attorney General Utah and others raised over one hundred thousand dollars and counting for the Utah Meth Cops Project. Rib City Grill is always ready to support Vincent and Utah Police Officers.
In an odd convergence—and a coup for the Church of Scientology, the Deseret News reports glowingly on a cop detox program, paid for by a mostly Mormon legislature that is based in questionable Scientology science.
Best of all, the word Scientology never appears in the article, apparently eclipsed by the fawning coverage of Law & Order actor Vincent D'Onofrio, right, who was in town to hype the program.
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff imported the Utah Meth Cops Project in 2007 from New York where it was being used on 9/11 workers exposed to toxic rubble. The Utah Legislature funded the "Hubbard Method" to treat cops — at $5,000 a pop — who were exposed to methamphetamine during busts.
The detox program is based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and purports to "flush" poisons from the body through jogging, sauna, and high doses of vitamins.
The American Detoxification Foundation director is Utah-based Sandra Lucas. Lucas is a familiar face at the Legislature where she lobbies on behalf of the Church of Scientology. The last time I talked to Lucas, she gave me a business card identifying her as Executive Director of Citizens Commission on Human Rights—in print smaller than high school volleyball scores, it says, "established by the Church of Scientology."
Another curious detail of the tangled alliances in the detox story is that Lucas and Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka frequently join forces at the Legislature and openly lesbian Rep. Jackie Biskupski, who works for the Salt Lake Sheriff's office, is a big supporter of the program.
But publications, including The Salt Lake Tribune and Slate, found no scientific support for the treatment program. Still, Slate acknowledges the regimen seems to work for some 9/11 workers.
.. . a psychological argument, rather than a physiological one, may best explain the program's successes. There is strong resonance between the Hubbard method and other rituals of purification found in so many cultural and religious traditions, in which cleansing of the body allows for mental and spiritual renewal.
It's political suicide, of course, to oppose a program for first responders, but maybe Utah's Indian tribes could talk the Legislature into paying them $5,000 for sweat lodge treatments.
Glen Worchol Salt Lake Crawler September 22, 2009.
Sad how anything related to Scientology is looked on as voodoo medicine. It makes perfect sense to me that of the body has absorbed toxic, deadly substances, that purging the body through certain methods would work. It's as scientific as anything else out there.
What I don't get is why it is so much money. I mean, $5,000 per person for jogging, sauna treatments and vitamins? Sounds like someone is making a lot of profit here.