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Johnson City isn’t a good location for methadone clinic

Staff Report • Mar 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

We are adamantly opposed to efforts to locate a methadone clinic in Johnson City. It was a bad idea 10 years ago, and it’s still a bad idea today

A decade ago, a company was granted a certificate of need to locate a methadone clinic at 4 Wesley Court. The state later revoked that permit after hearing complaints from local residents. Now, another company is asking the state to grant it a certificate of need so that it may proceed with establishing a methadone clinic.

It’s only reasonable that city officials, business owners and local residents would want to protect their neighborhoods from problems that might be associated with opiate abuse treatment centers. That’s why methadone clinics have been unwelcome in the city for several years now.

We understand that those struggling to break free of the chains of addiction should be given a chance to do so, but a methadone clinic in Johnson City is not the place to do it.

If you feel the same way, write to state officials and ask that they hold a public hearing on this matter. Those requests should be mailed to:

Health Services and Development Agency

The Frost Building Third Floor

161 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37243

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