Parents don't want methadone clinic near Waterbury School - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Parents don't want methadone clinic near Waterbury School


Dozens of parents in Waterbury voiced their concerns about plans to open a methadone clinic just two doors down from an elementary school. 

The proposed outpatient substance abuse treatment facility, known as the New Era Rehabilitation Center, would be built near the Chase Elementary School.

"Oh definitely not, I don't want that anywhere near my daughter," said Waterbury parent Laura Thurston.

Michael Yamin, the school district's director of special education and pupil personnel services, supports it. 

Yamin is part owner of the building where the clinic would be built. Yamin and his partners filed their application to open the clinic with the Office of Health Care Access 12 days ago.

Yamin would not comment to Eyewitness News. In fact, no school officials were available to talk with Eyewitness News about the proposed development.

The district's superintendent doesn't support the idea either.

However, there are no zoning obstacles, because the building has already been used for medical purposes in the past.

Parents told Eyewitness News they hope officials would seek their input too, even calling for a petition to be started. 

"If they have to rebuild their lives, rebuild another building, why put this near innocent kids and corrupt them," Thurston said.

The superintendent's office said the board scheduled a discussion and possible position on the matter at its next board meeting Thursday.

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