Quantcast

S. Burlington Schools object to methadone clinic - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

S. Burlington Schools object to methadone clinic

Posted: Updated:
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Debate is brewing in South Burlington. School officials have appealed a permit allowing the city to build a methadone clinic close to two schools.

864 Dorset Street in South Burlington is exactly what the HowardCenter was looking for. "It's a medical complex. It has the square footage we require and it's on a bus line," said the Center's Bob Bick.

Perks that substance abuse specialists like Bick say are must-haves for the Center's  new expanded methadone clinic. It has outgrown its current facility near Fletcher Allen Healthcare, which is running double shifts just to keep up with demand.

The HowardCenter estimates it will treat about 350 patients at the proposed site on a daily basis. The 10-thousand square foot facility gives the clinic the opportunity to expand to clear some of those patients, seeking treatment, off the waiting list.

The plan is to close the Burlington facility as well as a South Burlington Buprenorphine clinic. Care would be consolidated under one roof. Last month HowardCenter got the go-ahead from city officials to renovate the Dorset Street space. On Friday South Burlington school officials put the brakes on that plan and appealed the project's permit.

"Primary concern is the proximity to the two schools," said David Young, South Burlington's School Superintendent.

Young says the clinic is within 1-thousand feet of a school zone. Students would need to go down Dorset Street, past a few other commercial buildings, to get there. But Young says middle and high schools students frequently cut through the complex and he's worried about kids picking up drug habits and a potential increase in crime if the clinic is allowed. "Those are some of the things in our brains -- around concerns for our students. And maybe the chances of that are very unlikely but -- you know," he said.

Many parents, like Maureen Bissonette, say they aren't opposed to a clinic in their city, but the placement of this one makes them nervous. "It's too close to the school. I don't know who's going to be hanging around in the clinic area and I don't actually feel safe with my child walking to and from here," she said.

Bick says for those who don't have a loved one struggling with opiate addiction the concept of a clinic is scary. But he says the image of junkies loitering outside is misguided.  "The expectation is -- they come, like to any medical clinic, they receive the medical services that they need and then they leave," he said.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Help Wanted

    Help Wanted

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:47:47 GMT
    Here's a look at who's hiring this morning.The State of Vermont has a number of jobs open. Through the Health Department in Burlington, they are hiring a clinical Services Director – who will provide oversight for clinical programs within children with special health needs. (CSHN) The Education Agency has several limited service positions open in Barre. There are openings for both a fulltime and part-time education consultant -- as well as a full time education programs coordinator.http://hum...
    Here's a look at who's hiring this morning.The State of Vermont has a number of jobs open. Through the Health Department in Burlington, they are hiring a clinical Services Director – who will provide oversight for clinical programs within children with special health needs. (CSHN) The Education Agency has several limited service positions open in Barre. There are openings for both a fulltime and part-time education consultant -- as well as a full time education programs coordinator.http://hum...
  • Learn how to get your finances in order

    Learn how to get your finances in order

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:43:54 GMT
    Heidi Clute from Clute Wealth Management joins us with financial tips.Phase 1: Where Are You Now?Completing cashflow, networth and liability work sheets can give you a solid understanding of your current financial standing.It's also recommended that you check your credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com) and all insurance coverage annually. Once you've compiled all of these figures, you've completed Phase 1, and should have a solid idea of your financial strengths and weaknesses.Phase 2: Wh...
    Heidi Clute from Clute Wealth Management joins us with financial tips.Phase 1: Where Are You Now?Completing cashflow, networth and liability work sheets can give you a solid understanding of your current financial standing.It's also recommended that you check your credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com) and all insurance coverage annually. Once you've compiled all of these figures, you've completed Phase 1, and should have a solid idea of your financial strengths and weaknesses.Phase 2: Wh...
  • Fire tears through South Burlington condo carport

    Fire tears through South Burlington condo carport

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:03:39 GMT
    South Burlington condo residents were evacuated overnight as fire tore through their garage.
    South Burlington condo residents were evacuated overnight as fire tore through their garage.
  • Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:46:28 GMT
    A tentative agreement has been reached between the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs on how to repair the systemic problems within the veterans' health program that left many without access to care.
    A tentative agreement has been reached between the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs on how to repair the systemic problems within the veterans' health program that left many without access to care.
  • Hail storm and power outages Sunday

    Hail storm and power outages Sunday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:45:34 GMT
    Courtesy: Justin Soter, North FerrisburghCourtesy: Justin Soter, North Ferrisburgh
    Photos of hail sent in from residents in White River Junction, Williston, and North Ferrisburgh.
    Photos of hail sent in from residents in White River Junction, Williston, and North Ferrisburgh.
  • Ditching the weights and hitting the streets

    Ditching the weights and hitting the streets

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:43:36 GMT
    More Americans are picking up running as their main form of exercise.
    More Americans are picking up running as their main form of exercise.
  • Searching for savings

    Searching for savings

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:59:31 GMT
    Governor Shumlin called for across the board cuts to budgets after economists downgraded the state's revenue forecast.
    Governor Shumlin called for across the board cuts to budgets after economists downgraded the state's revenue forecast.
  • Sunday Science: Record heat wave, Mars mission woes, and new gardening method

    Sunday Science: Record heat wave, Mars mission woes, and new gardening method

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:40:12 GMT
    In Sunday Science, we're taking a look at some of the headlines from this past week.
    In Sunday Science, we're taking a look at some of the headlines from this past week.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.