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Potential Addiction Treatment Center Prompts Concerns
The potential site of an addiction treatment center has caused local residents to sign a petition.
The Michigan School for the Blind is set to be retrofitted into a residential addiction treatment center by the Mid-Michigan Recovery Services (MMRS). Once built, the facility can treat 14 patients at a time. To rennovate, the organization must obtain a specific land use permit. The plans raised concerns from people in the neighborhood.
Some residents were concerned over safety and crime rates.
An MMRS representative stated that concerns were valid and recognized that the stigma associated with substance abuse will be a difficult challenge to overcome.
A public hearing regarding the permit will be held at a future date.
Many healthcare officials stated that more addiction recovery resources would benefit the state capital.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's treatment locator lists 19 addiction treatment providers in the Lansing area.
According to recent reports by the Sparrow Health System Department of Forensic Pathology, Ingham County totaled more than 100 drug-related deaths last year. Fentanyl was the most common substance noted in toxicology reports.