Baltimore Methadone Clinic Opening Delayed 30 Days

BALTIMORE (AP) — A proposed “open access” methadone clinic for heroin addicts in Baltimore is delaying its launch by 30 days to work out differences with state regulators.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Rev. Milton Williams had planned to open the Turning Point clinic, which promises treatment within 15 minutes, on Tuesday. But state health officials say the clinic did not have approvals and skirting examination requirements for drug treatment may violate federal laws.

Williams proposed the treatment scheme because he was tired of the drugs and crime surrounding his church. He says he is willing to work with officials to make sure the program is ready.

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  1. Sylvan Finkelstein says:

    I LIVE IN HAMDEN AND THERE IS A METH CLINIC AT FALLS AND 36TH ST.AND JUST LET ME SAY THIS ..THEY ARE THE MOST DIGUSTING HUMAN BEINGS I HAVE EVER SEEN..AND WE PAY FOR THIS ..THEY SHOULD ALL JUST DROP DEAD ON THE SPOT NO ONE WOULD EVER MISS THEM..ALSO WHEN THEY COME OUT AFTER GETTING THEIR METH THEY ALL LIGHT UP THEIR JOINTS WALKING BACK UP FALLS RD TO CATCH THEIR BUSES BACK TO THEIR HOOD ..LADY MAYOR PUT ONE IN YOUR NEIGBORHOOD

    1. Brent Barbour says:

      Myabe you should move out of Hamden which aint exactly the Ritz-Carlton. 10-1 odds, you have friends who get meth and attend clinics just like the one you are opposed too. Sounds like to me your bigotry has landed you in worse class than the people you despise.

    2. Jenn Haymes says:

      Wow! “Drop dead” you say? That’s pretty harsh. Yes, there are many people on methadone that continue to use other drugs, BUT there are people that methadone has truly helped. I am one of them and I am NOT a disgusting human being. I am in medical school in Texas, I have a family that is extremely grateful that methadone is available for me and they would very much miss me if I just “dropped dead”! Do you actually know anything about the disease of addiction, opiate addiction specifically? You make a sweeping stereo-type remark like you did, then I hope you know what you are talking about. I don’t get high on my medication, I don’t light up a joint as I leave, and I’ve never even put a needle in my arm! There are some good people that have become addicted to things like Oxycontin that were prescribed it for pain and methadone is the safest treatment. If you’d done your homework you’d know that methadone has an opiate block in it, which means if I am on a stable dose daily and I try to get high on pills or heroin, the euphoric effects would be blocked. That doesn’t mean that some don’t continue to try or use other drugs with it, but not all of us are what you described above. Methadone treatment is very much needed service.

  2. not my problem and I don't care says:

    This is not the answer. Why are we trying to save people that don’t want to be saved. It’s a joke and a waste of money. They have chosen Meth as their way of life, so let them live with it.

  3. John says:

    Syvan, you are so right. If anything, these clinics should be temporary. Meaning that they should only be put up to see from what areas most of the people are coming from. Then use that data to determine, where the clinics are actually needed then SHUT DOWN the ones that are put in areas where the general population in that area don’t use it. Lutherville/Timonium is not an area where it is “needed”. The ones who use it get off the light rail, or the bus stop, get there fix, then go right back to the light rail/bus stop.

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