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.

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