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The City Of Laconia Seek Evaluation Of Clinics


By Gail Ober

December 20, 2008 Laconia, New Hampshire – After consulting individually with members of the Laconia City Council, City Manager Eileen Canbanel has drafted a letter to Gov. John Lynch asking him to evaluate the state’s policy on “for profit” methadone clinics in the state.

The letter, courtesy copies of which will be sent to the city’s legislative delegation Executive Councilor Raymond Burton, House Speaker Teri Norelli and Senate President Sylvia Larson, is the only topic on agenda for the City Council when it meets Monday night.

“Please do not dismiss this request as another “not in my backyard” plea … says the missive. “We sincerely believe that after carefully reviewing the numbers you will see that these for-profit methadone clinics are not the Good Samaritans they appear to be.”

Earlier in the month, a packed room of Laconia citizens – the majority against a proposed methadone clinic at 72 Primerose Drive proposed by Metro-Treatment of New Hampshire – spoke at length to the members of the City Council, the majority of whom also oppose the clinic.

Metro-Treatment has asked for a change of use for the former manufacturing [plant and, according to state law and local planning regulations, the decision is solely the responsibility of City Planner Shanna Saunders who has said she will render that decision by month’s end.

The letter asks that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services more closely regulate the private companies that provide methadone treatment. Current state law requires only local planning board approval.

The city contends that any company charging $15 daily for outpatient methadone treatment does not discourage methadone use but, rather, encourages those seeking treatment to remain addicted to ensure the company’s bottom line.

Police Chief Michael Moyer has spoken out against the Laconia clinic. Moyer, who spent last year creating a methadone task force in response to nine methadone overdose deaths in the city since 2007, told those at the public hearing that Laconia “doesn’t have a heroin problem. We have a methadone problem.”

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  1. Lou
    December 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I found you because you stood up to Fractal Momiac. I know it is a waste of time to reason with her, but thanks for trying.

  2. December 20, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Oh believe me, they will get a letter from me.

    Not to worry, NH has a SMA. Anyone looking at the REAL numbers will understand clinics are the solution, not the problem!

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