Plans for Rutland opiate treatment center back on track
RUTLAND, Vt. -
Plans to open an opiate treatment
center in Rutland are moving forward again.
Last fall, the city and state were
close to a deal to open a clinic at the Howe Center. The goal is to provide
methadone and other treatment options for addicts who are fueling Rutland's
drug-crime problem. Now it appears the plan is back on track.
"We are very excited. It's a good
thing for the community. There is a big need out there. We are really
appreciative that the hospital stepped up and the state was able to come to an
agreement with the hospital," Rutland Police Chief James Baker said.
Officials at Rutland Regional Medical Center say the
treatment facility will be a partnership between the hospital and the state. They
hope to have it operational by October.