Concerns Addressed At Jackson Town Hall Meeting

 Concerns Addressed At Jackson Town Hall Meeting 

A near capacity crowd gathered at the Jackson Civic Center last night for a special town hall meeting to address concerns over the Urgent Care and Treatment facility currently under construction at Mission Road and Highway 49.  The facility will be two-thirds urgent care and one-third drug treatment facility, but it was drug treatment, specifically the use of methadone that dominated the conversation at last night's town hall discussion of the new building, which is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018.  The doctor who will running the drug treatment center, Ernie Vasti, dominated the discussion, as he was peppered with often-hostile questions from numerous members of the public, giving long, detailed answers on the nature and treatment of addiction, details of how the treatment clinic would operate and how the methadone would be distributed, how methadone worked to treat heroin and other opiate drug addiction and repeated appeals for the community to support drug treatment and his project. Concerned residents raised public safety as a primary concern, but the final speaker of the night, Jackson Police Chief Scott Morrison, gave his endorsement to the drug treatment clinic, saying that his department faced a growing tide of opiate abuse and overdoses, and that something needed to be done to address the problem.

 

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