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Bon Air residents turn to Metro Council to prevent methadone clinic

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A South Carolina company wanted to open the clinic, which helps heroin addicts break their addiction, in the Bardstown Square shopping center next to Harbor Freight. A South Carolina company wanted to open the clinic, which helps heroin addicts break their addiction, in the Bardstown Square shopping center next to Harbor Freight.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Neighbors in an area near Bardstown Road say they don’t want a methadone clinic in their neighborhood and Metro Council could be on a path to help out.

The Bon Air Neighborhood association has long been fighting against the troubled Economy Inn. Now, they’re also coming together to fight against a proposed methadone clinic in their area. A South Carolina company wanted to open the clinic, which helps heroin addicts break their addiction, in the Bardstown Square shopping center next to Harbor Freight.

“Heroin is the problem that is coming,” said District 26 councilman Brent Ackerson “We're all going to have to face it so methadone is going to be an important battle ground.”

The plan to open a clinic in that particular location is currently on hold but Ackerson wants to prevent methadone clinics from opening in similar locations all around the city.

Currently, there are two methadone clinic in Jefferson County. One is in St. Matthews while the other is located in an industrialized area in the Park Hill neighborhood. Ackerson would like to see any future methadone clinics placed in similar areas.

According to Ackerson, on Thursday Metro Council will vote on an ordinance to change current zoning laws to prevent clinics from opening in residential and business districts.

“My opinion is there is responsible ways to deal with this,” Ackerson said.  “There are ways that help those with a need but without having an impact on neighborhoods and businesses that serve those neighborhoods.”

Meanwhile, those in the Bon Air neighborhood say they hope the proposed clinic in their area won’t become a reality.

“The neighborhood really rose up,” Bon Air Neighborhood Association president Patrick Carrico said. “We passed out fliers to businesses and the overwhelming response was that they didn't want a methadone clinic in our neighborhood.”

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