Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Members of the Planning Council of Church Hill, Tenn., "weren't shy about their intentions" to make it almost impossible for a methadone treatment facility to be established in their city. Clinics would only be permitted in "industrial zones ... and would also have to be more than 1,000 feet from a school, day-care facility, park, church, mortuary, hospital, public recreation area, residential dwelling or establishment that sells alcoholic beverages."

There's a need to protect hospitals from patients receiving medical care? And just what fears might there be about a clinic's impact on mortuaries (or their owners or "clients")? And churches - no voice of compassion from the priests?

"Mayor Dennis Deal said . . .'I know you’ve got to have these (clinics), but you’ve also got to protect the taxpayers.'” Aside from the patent disingenuousness of the professed need for "these clinics," does the Mayor think his constituency will be well-served by abandoning addicts who desperately want and need and could benefit from treatment?
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