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Local Opposition Also Affects Buprenorphine Treatment

December 24, 2011
by Gary Enos, Editor
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Experience Wellness Centers, a buprenorphine treatment operation with offices in three Massachusetts communities, is feeling some of the same community resistance routinely experienced by methadone clinics. The Boston Globe reported this week that town officials in Natick, Mass., declined to grant the organization permission to open a medical office practice offering Suboxone treatment to opiate addicts.

A town resident who gathered nearly 300 signatures in opposition to Experience Wellness Centers’ plans brought up several areas of concern about the proposed medical office, including fears of illegal distribution of Suboxone based on reports of such activity in neighboring states such as New Hampshire and Vermont.

The newspaper said Experience Wellness Centers has not decided whether to pursue the siting through the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, or perhaps ultimately through the courts. But this situation does show that while buprenorphine’s emergence creates treatment options outside of what some communities see as undesirable methadone clinic settings, that does not always translate to a smooth ride to local approval.

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Gary A. Enos has been the editor of Addiction Professional since its inception. He...