AMHERST, N.Y. -- A controversial proposed methadone clinic to help with combating the Western New York opioid epidemic is getting a new suggested location.
At a meeting for residents on Monday evening, Catholic Health officials said the substance abuse treatment clinic is now proposed for the Audubon Business Complex at 210 John Glenn Drive. It was previously planned for a building at 910 Millersport Highway. Neighbors on the adjacent North Ivyhurst Road were vocal about their concern with the location being so close to a residential area.
In June, town officials came up with some other suggested alterative locations.
Neighbors on Monday seemed much more comfortable with the John Glenn Drive location. They also expressed the feeling that Catholic Health could have done a better job of informing residents of the proposed site.
The meeting was held at the current site of a clinic on Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The clinic will still provide counseling beyond its August 30 deadline, after a lease extension is worked out with the landlord. Meanwhile Catholic Health will seek approval from the town and state for the new proposed facility on John Glenn Drive.
The need for other clinics in the suburbs including a Southtowns site has also been discussed by Erie County officials who would like to see 1,500 patient slots open in clinics around the county. Catholic Health said while some plans are currently in the works, no specifics are being revealed at this time.
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