Neighbors to rally against methadone clinic

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Neighbors thought they were in the clear after local leaders said that a methadone clinic at Hispanics United was not a good move for the neighborhood. But New York State seems to have a different view.

Erie County’s mental health commissioner agrees with neighbors who don’t want a methadone clinic set up inside Hispanics United of Buffalo’s building on 254 Virginia Street. Opponents want the location out of a neighborhood where children play.

People think it’s a political issue because a social services agency located in the Bronx would operate the clinic and pay Hispanics United $8,000 month for rent.

“I think it’s naive to think you’re just going to open a clinic in the residential neighborhood and all these well-behaved people are going to come and the drug dealers who look for them aren’t going to follow them,” said one resident at a meeting.

Residents will hold a rally Friday on Virginia Street in front of Hispanics United of Buffalo at 4:30 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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