Addiction Treatment Center Divides Community
A public town hall meeting was held last week to discuss the location of an upcoming addiction treatment center.
TCI currently operates 12 facilities around the country and specializes in drug detox and forms of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
In September, local residents began raising concerns about the location of the center after news of its opening had been announced. While some were supportive of the center, given a lack of addiction treatment resources in the area, others were worried that the facility would be too close to schools. A group of parents started a petition to have the center moved to another part of town.
A public meeting was held at Wellesley town hall on October 22 to discuss the center. Company representatives answered questions put forth by attendees.
TCI officials clarified that the outpatient facility would screen potential patients and require supervised appointments. In addition, the clinic would only offer MAT in the form of a naltrexone implant or injectable Vititrol.
Although TCI representatives said they would address all safety concerns brought to their attention, not all community members were convinced.
The addiction treatment center is expected to open in November.