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Possible Benton Franklin County Methadone Clinic

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Treatment Center wants to open an opiate treatment clinic on West Hood Boulevard in Kennewick. 

An opiate treatment center would prescribe mostly methadone to people trying to stay off drugs.

The clinic would mostly treat people addicted to heroin and prescription pain medication.  Methadone is used to treat heroin addicts trying to stay clean.  There are no methadone clinics in Benton or Franklin County.

The closest methadone clinics are in Yakima and Spokane which forces many people to travel to get drug treatment.

The Department of Human Services Treatment Specialist, Joel Chavez believes it would be another resource for people trying to stay clean.  He said it would be, "somewhat like a medical facility for people that are in opiate treatment.  They will be able to get the help they need."

The Department of Social and Health Services is holding public hearings in Kennewick and Pasco to hear what people think about a possible clinic.

The first public hearing is Wednesday January 3rd from 4 to 5:30 at the Pasco Library.  The second public hearing is at the Keewaydin Park Library in Kennewick from 6:30 until 8pm on January 3rd.