Decision made on provider of methadone clinic

WWNY Decision made on provider of methadone clinic

MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - A decision has been made on who will run a new methadone clinic in St. Lawrence County.

Three groups were in the running and, in the end, the community services board agreed to choose St. Lawrence Health System as the provider of the clinic.

Back in September, we reported St. Lawrence Health planned to put the methadone clinic in the St. Lawrence Centre Mall outside Massena.

Village Mayor Tim Currier says he wants to discuss putting the clinic in the village.

It’ll be funded by a $900,000 federal grant.

Recovering addicts would come to the clinic 6 days a week for methadone, which can eliminate the craving for dangerous drugs.

While methadone is an opioid, it doesn’t produce euphoria or hallucinations.

“Supporting people in recovery is the key here. And one of the problems, particularly with methadone has been access to treatment, and the availability to it. Most people have to travel to either Plattsburgh or Syracuse to get methadone treatment. So, now they’ll have it right here in this community,” said Currier.

The next step is for the county Board of Legislators to accept the recommendation and go ahead and accept the funding. That could happen next Monday.

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