New Methadone Clinic Moving into Wallaceburg in Coming Months
If everything goes according to plan, a new methadone clinic will be set up in Wallaceburg within months.
The managing staff at Bluewater Methadone Clinic, which operates clinics in Chatham and Sarnia, are considering a couple of sites in Wallaceburg and are close to making a deal.
Dr. Del Donald, the centre’s medical director, says they are just in the final negotiations.
“We’re down to a couple of locations,” said Donald, “We’re just negotiating the last little bit of details to try and get to the point where you can write up a lease.”
And according to Donald, the new clinic will be helping a lot of people in town.
“We have about 125 patients who use pharmacies in Wallaceburg…and they currently go to our Chatham clinic or our Sarnia clinic.”
Donald says they have only received positive feedback to this point and added that the new location should provide numerous benefits to both the patients and the community.
“There’s lots of data that shows that not only does the patient do better, but the family does better,” said Donald, “The crime rates go down, use of medical resources go down, people are less likely to be incarcerated or hospitalized–the program really does work.”
Methadone clinics focus on trying to eliminate or reduce opiate usage by putting the patient on methadone.