Indiana opioid treatment facility opening halted
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Plans to open a medication-assisted opioid treatment facility in southern Indiana have been halted because of zoning issues.
Jeffersonville’s Department of Planning and Zoning told Kentucky-based SelfRefind this week that the location isn’t zoned for a drug or alcohol rehabilitation clinic, the News and Tribune reported .
The property allows for medical and dental offices but not addiction treatment centers, said Nathan Pruitt, the department’s director.
The company had hoped to open the facility by the end of the year. SelfRefind offers counseling, case management services and monitored Suboxone treatment. Suboxone takes away the pain of opioid withdrawals.
The company could seek to have the property rezoned, which requires city council approval.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said he’s against the proposed treatment facility because similar clinics have had suspicious behavior.
There are 17 city doctors who are allowed to treat opioid addictions with Suboxone, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Some of those doctors may no longer be practicing in the area.
One doctor from Physicians Primary Care had his license suspended in August. He was indicted for 21 counts of conspiracy, fraud and unlawful distribution of controlled substances. Two other employees at the practice and the company itself were also indicted.
SelfRefind planned to have no more than 250 active patients at a time.
Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com