Amherst Town Board May Restrict Where Drug Treatment Clinics Can Open

This is the site of Catholic Health’s proposed drug treatment clinic that would offer services including methadone, Suboxone and other medications to patients at 910 Millersport Highway in Amherst.

Following Catholic Health System’s controversial plan to build a drug-treatment clinic in Amherst, members of the Town Board want to impose limits on future clinics in the town.

A resolution that is backed by a majority of the Town Board directs the town attorney, building commissioner and planning director to review the town’s zoning code and prepare changes that address concerns raised by neighbors who say the proposed site at 910 Millersport Highway, near Sheridan Drive, is too residential for a clinic that will distribute methadone to patients.

The resolution can’t be used to retroactively block the Catholic Health clinic, where medical staff would distribute methadone, Suboxone and other medications used to treat narcotics dependency. But it is meant to give Amherst officials more of a say over future clinic proposals, said Councilwoman Ramona D. Popowich, who sponsored the legislation.
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