COUNCIL LOOKS TO ADDRESS METHADONE CLINIC CONCERNS AT TOWN HALL 12/5/2017 7:13:30 AM
It looks like the methadone clinics in Simcoe are here to stay.
Today at Town Hall, Council will ask staff to see if the two facilities in our downtown could be moved elsewhere through zoning amendments.
But staff say in doing so, Norfolk County could face legal ramifications from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
That's because the organization believes an opioid addiction should be treated as someone with a disability.
We spoke with Norfolk's general manager of development and cultural services Chris Baird.
One of the concerns raised at Town Hall involved crime rates and the establishment of these methadone clinics.
But according to the Norfolk OPP, they cannot make a connection to an increase in crime because of these establishments.
Though staff is against the idea, they have made recommendations for by-laws to limit were future methadone clinics can go if council should wish.
Their recommendation is to limit use to permit clinics and doctor's officers in all zones except for Central Business District or have staff define an Opioid Replacement Therapy Clinic and limit their use to General Industrial Zones.