Proposed methadone clinic in Salem draws fire
A controversy is brewing in Salem over the site of a proposed methadone clinic.
Community Substance Abuse Centers wants to open a clinic to dispense methadone and provide counseling to recovering drug addicts at the site of a former car dealership on Highland Avenue.
But some are saying the site is too close to the high school and an apartment building.
The clinic already abandoned plans to open in another section of the city after neighborhood opposition.
The clinic’s attorney, Jack Keilty, tells The Salem News he expects heavy opposition to the proposal at a Sept. 15 zoning board meeting. But Keilty says the clinic to help about 300 addicts will be isolated in a commercial zone.
School Committee member Kerry Martin says she’s “concerned” about the new site’s proximity to the school.