Church’s anti-medication stance sparks opposition

Eric Szulczewski stance against Scientology is very personal.

Szulczewski has type two bipolar disorder, a condition characterized by severe depression and, in some cases, manic episodes.

After dealing with the condition for 30 years, psychiatric medication has brought Szulczewski relief. But the Church of Scientology opposes prescription medication.

“Psychiatric drugs have given a lot of people peace of mind,” he said. “But Scientologists think that they’re poisons and that they should be banned.”

The Church of Scientology’s official Web site states that in today’s world, pills have become “the answer to any problem — depression, anxiety or simply a child’s inability to sit still in a classroom.”