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Methadone Clinic Opens In Covington
After a lengthy court battle, a methadone treatment clinic for heroin addicts will open August 8th in Covington. Pinnacle Treatment Centers says they expect about a dozen addicts to show up when the doors open at 5:30 but the numbers will grow.
"We treat approximately 5,000 individuals a day in 16 clinics in soon-to-be 3 states," Pinnacle Chief Operating Officer Joe Pritchard told Local 12s Joe Webb. "The facility is built around the need of the area so if this area needs a facility that will support serving 500 clients thats what well have here. If its only to support 100-150 the clinic would do that."
The clinic has a waiting list of several hundred addicts. NKY Med Clinic is located at 1717 Madison in an old Save-a-Lot location. Inside the non-descript building are a waiting room, exam rooms and counters where addicts will take their methadone under the watchful eye of the staff. The big difference between the clinic and the interior of a typical doctors office is its ability to handle a crowd. One waiting area is set up to accommodate a winding line like youd find outside an amusement park ride.
Pritchard says the clinic will offer a variety of counseling options and will screen clients before they are given drugs. He says the clinic will use three different drugs to treat addiction but methadone is the only one mentioned in NKY Med Clinics brochure. Thats an issue for some local treatment veterans.
"Any treatment is better than no treatment at all," said Transitions, Inc. Assistant Executive Director Karen Hargett. " I think it gives an option to people who dont have other options right now. Do I think its necessarily the best treatment for the majority of heroin addicts that we see and that we serve? No, I dont."
Pritchard says it will take some time for people to realize the clinic is not part of the problem but part of the solution to the regions heroin problem.
The clinic will be open from 5:30am to 1pm weekdays and 7-9am on weekends.