Hey Pasadena, it’s a methadone clinic, not a meth lab | Eye On Annapolis
Anne Arundel County Councilman, Derek Fink, has advised that he had a conversation with Smith who agreed to not move forward with the clinic at the Hogs Neck location. Fink said he’d work with Smith to find a more suitable location.
, scheduled to open in a shopping center on Hogs Neck Road. State Delegate Nic Kipke and County Councilman Derek Fink have both come out against the clinic. Methadone is an opiate that is used to treat addiction including heroin. Methadone is also a drug that can be abused; but the treatment can be likened to a flu shot–you are injected with the flu virus in order to fight off the flu virus. Methdaone is a liquid that is ingested in the view of the clinic nurse; patients will drink it mixed with water.
The argument that the neighborhood is making is that the presence of addicts will devalue properties and drive existing businesses out of business. Really? First of all, it’s a clinic–a medically supervised, Federally registered health care center. It is not a meth lab in someone’s basement. Secondly, are the people suffering from addiction that are seeking help more of a threat than the addicts that are not seeking help and are actually living in the neighborhood? As one of our
page that the County had issues a “Stop Work Order” on the clinic; when, if fact, the stop work order was for the unit next to the clinic. (
, we were asked if we wanted a methodone clinic in the middle of our neighborhood. The answer is “no.” But if they wanted to put it out on the main thoroughfare in the strip center, that’d be perfectly fine by us. Let’s take a look. The center is immediately next to a 7-Eleven, down the street from a bar, and around the corner from a storage facility and a boat repair and storage business. To be fair, there is a small neighborhood across the street from the shopping center, but a 4-lane roadway separates them.
We spoke to Noel Smith, the man who is opening the clinic. He is a neighbor–an Anne Arundel County resident for more than a decade. He did the homework required by the State and based on the existing crime reports, the area could use a little help. In an
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