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Methadone clinic to face city review in December – Stephen Betts – Rockland – Camden – Knox – The Herald Gazette

Methadone clinic to face city review in December – Stephen Betts – Rockland – Camden – Knox – The Herald Gazette.

Rockland — The closed Turning Tide methadone clinic is scheduled to appear before the Rockland Planning Board next month — a move that could pave the way for the business to be sold and re-opened under new ownership.

Turning Tide is scheduled to be back before the planning board on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root said Angel Fuller-McMahan asked to come before the board to present an updated traffic and parking analysis for the clinic located in Rockland at the former Tuttle Shoe Barn on Route 1 at the Thomaston town line.

This follows a meeting that the city had last month with the director and attorney for the Discovery House methadone clinic in Waterville. That clinic is interested in acquiring Turning Tide and re-opening the facility that was closed Aug. 19 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

The code officer noted that he informed the Discovery House representatives at the October meeting that parking and traffic would have to be addressed.

The contract zone approved by the City Council in January 2006 required parking sufficient to handle up to 160 patients. The state announced at the time of the closure on Aug. 19, 2010, that there were 276 patients being served.

Discovery House operates methadone clinics in Waterville, Bangor, South Portland and Calais as well as clinics in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Utah.

Fuller-McMahan, 42, of Owls Head was sentenced Oct. 28 in 6th District Court in Rockland to 30 days in jail for a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge.

Fuller-McMahan will not have to begin her jail sentence until Jan. 10 to allow her to handle some matters with her business.

The federal DEA revoked Turning Tide’s license after its investigation concluded that Fuller-McMahan was attempting to trade cocaine for methadone. She was initially charged with felony cocaine possession but that charge was lowered to a misdemeanor.

 

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