>Methadone Clinic Opens In Middletown And the Neighbors Are Not Happy

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I received word today from a number of concerned Middletown residents angry at learning that a methadone clinic has opened at the edge of their neighborhood.

The Middletown Medical clinic has been open for approximately 3 weeks distributing methadone to opiate-addicted individuals at the corner of Apple Farm Road and Hwy 35. Local residents are outraged at not being made aware of it and question Township officials excuses about how such a clinic could be allowed to operate at this location.

I’ve been told that when residents recently question Zoning Officer Mary Ann Hanko, she stated that she approved the application for this clinic without knowing fully what it’s true purpose was, she thought it was a health clinic that dealt with pharmaceuticals, I was told. She went ahead herself and approved the application without knowing the true purpose of the clinic and without the approval of anyone within the Township’s governing body!

Supposedly when contacted, Mayor Fiore and others had no clue that this Middletown clinic was distributing methadone to addicts from towns in the surround the area.

It never ceases to amaze me how one hand doesn’t know what the other hand in Middletown is doing.

Neighbors of the clinic are distributing flyers to local residents in Apple Brook, Maguire’s Grove and Twin Brooks developments to warn and inform then of the clinc and urge them to attend Monday night’s Township Committee meeting to voice their concerns over it (below is the text of the flyer)

After thinking about this for a little while, I have to agree with the resident. Even if it is a very small possibility, I wouldn’t want addicts, whether they are in treatment or otherwise, wondering around the neighborhood streets or parking lots of areas businesses waiting for their fix. Who knows what something like that could potentially lead to. Evidently, the Middletown Police department is also concerned about the situation because I was told police presence has increased the area notably.

And what about home values? In this economic climate, when so many homes are empty or for sale waiting for buyers, having this type of clinic in the nearby area will needlessly decrease real-estate value further than what would normally be the case. I mean after all, who in their right mind would want to live near a methadone clinic? Not me, that’s for sure.

APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE


Dear Neighbors,

This letter is to inform you that at the end of Apple Farm Road (blue and white building) there is now a business named Middletown Medical. This facility is located at the corner of Route 35 and Apple Farm Rd. Middletown Medical is a Methadone Clinic, a treatment center for opiate and heroin dependent people.

The center is run by Pinnacle a company located in Pittsburg, PA. The web site for this facility is http://www.middletownmedical.net; more information about the services they provide can be seen there.

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20th at 8pm at the Municipal Building at 1 Kings Hwy (same parking lot as the Police Dept.).

If you have concerns that a Methadone clinic is in our community, please plan to attend the Town Hall meeting Monday June 20th, 8:00pm.

Thank you.

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17 responses to “>Methadone Clinic Opens In Middletown And the Neighbors Are Not Happy

  1. >well i dont understand the reasoning for methadone its abused just like the heroine. from what i know if a person needs to get off a dangerous drug they get put on methadone. then the person whose now no longer hooked on the first drug is now hooked on methadone!it doesn't seem well managed! I had a family member die of a methadone overdose back in 1986 and from what i remember she was given it as much as she needs is this whats going to happen? people will be there all the time to get their fix? and when do they return to society without drugs? when do they get weaned off? i think this needs to be where there is know drug activity not near an entrance to a residential area! I will be there on the day to hear what Middletown has to say. they need to move elsewhere to a city not in my MiddletownCamille Curci

  2. >well i dont understand the reasoning for methadone its abused just like the heroine. from what i know if a person needs to get off a dangerous drug they get put on methadone. then the person whose now no longer hooked on the first drug is now hooked on methadone!it doesn't seem well managed! I had a family member die of a methadone overdose back in 1986 and from what i remember she was given it as much as she needs is this whats going to happen? people will be there all the time to get their fix? and when do they return to society without drugs? when do they get weaned off? i think this needs to be where there is know drug activity not near an entrance to a residential area! I will be there on the day to hear what Middletown has to say. they need to move elsewhere to a city not in my MiddletownCamille Curci

  3. >Our TC members are too busy publicizing their so-called accomplishments on radio , print and internet blogs to actually do their homework. Nothing bad is ever their fault and everything good is the result of their efforts. And year after year, the people swallow it.

  4. >Keep in mind the Methadone clinic is located at the ONLY entrance/exit to the AppleBrook neighbordhood. It is also near the senior center and less than 50ft from a school bus stop. The police have already stepped up patrol and the clinic has been open just afew weeks. The disturbing part is a Methadone clinic can just appear. I would ask everyone attend the Town Hall meeting Monday at 8pm. You don't have to speak at the meeting but numbers will speak just as loud as words!

  5. Jim

    >I spoke to the mayor's assistant who expressed concerned about the methodone clinic but noted that the mayor was not responsible – "He didn't approve the permit" – and helpless to change anything – "The permit was legal and it's not new construction". There seems to be a pattern in Middletown government: The budget goes up in a major recession when folks are losing their jobs and houses: "It's not my fault and I can't help"; A methadone clinic is approved: "It's not my fault, I can't can't help".I propose we fire the entire Middletown government and purchase a rubber stamp for $15. We can save the cost of the government and the outcome will be the same.Jim Immordino

  6. >I am disappointed that people are making this political. This is about someone or a group of someones making a decision without doing their homework. We all make mistakes and should have a chance to make amends for the mistake. Everyone I talked to was upset about this so let's all stand together to resolve the clinic situation and not bring politics or any other vendettas into play. I don' t want to lose site of OUR goal. Hopefully we will hear the twp committee's response at the meeting and we can move forward united not divided.

  7. >I think the best way to get the town's attention is if we all call the tax office and request a re assessment based on the information in recent blogs where home values in other towns declined once a methadone clinic was opened. Loss of revenue will get their attention .

  8. >The Zoning Officer didn't know what she was approving??? My understanding is that the application mentioned: Substance Abuse Treatment, Pharmacology AND Opiates-she thought that meant pharmaceutical sales??? If she didn't understand what those big words meant she is not qualified to be Assistant Dog Catcher let alone Zoning Officer and should be relieved of her duties immediately.

  9. >Were it not for Mike's blog, those outside the immediate area would probably remain unnaware of this methadone clinic. It has been open weeks and the Mayor has been on radio and he has his blog on the Patch. Not to mention the township website-not a peep. Now that the cat is out of the bag, you can be sure they will yell loud as if someone did THEM wrong and ride the wave of outrage. Funny how their response to the citizens not being told about Scharfy's Trenton patronage job was that the info was available online if people wanted to be informed. Well, the same can be said here of the methadone clinic. Have we gotten to the point where the voters of Middletown should be held to a higher bar for staying informed than the politicians and their staff who make the important decisions? There is a reason the TC is against televising its meetings. Information is power and that is the only thing of interest to the people that run this town. It IS political-lack of transparency and voices of opposition have given us what we have today. was available on the internet if you bothered to look. Well, exactly the same could be said here- the info was online if they bothered to look. Have we gotten to the point that the politicians are actually held to a lower standard than the voters.

  10. >At least someone is happy about the clinic; the company (Pinnacle)which I think is a for profit company; I wonder just how much money they make from other people's addictions. So now NJ considers dispensing methadone as a "business"……interesting isn't it!

  11. >Political: Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state

  12. >I am sick and tired of these liberal, socialists mascerading as republicans. They are destroying the very fabric of our great town. Children live here, seniors live here, and decent, law abiding, God fearing citzens live here! Enough with these "social programs" that only help the people they pay off. We need a clean slate. Vote these drug lovers out!

  13. >Does anyone know the quota of how many patients/addicts will be walking through those doors and into our surrounding neighborhood? Does anyone ( township officials) know how many of those patients are sex offenders or felons? Is this the beginning of the end of a safe Middletown? Will it take a serious crime or loss of life/innocence to realize the magnitude of this travesty? The township officials have failed us….

  14. >Now that the damage is done what do we do with our lovely zoning officer? She has proved herself to be too incompetent/lazy and has caused irreparable harm to the town. We will not be making any surveys anymore about being one of the safest big towns-Thank you Ms Hanko. Great job!

  15. >Before you critize methadone, why not do some homework? Do you know how many kids have opiate addictions in middletown alone?, I can think of a dozen kids off the top of my head that have overdosed on pills because their problems were ignored. The addicts are already all over town and the methadone is probably the best thing next to them over dosing on too many pills. Methadone is just like someone that takes suboxone from a private doctor, or any other medication. Like any other drug when taken as prescribed you don't get high. And a loss of life? how many people are gonna die from overdoses before people start doing things about it. If anyones failed the community its everyone who turns the other way about their kids having problems. I know people who are prescribed methadone and work on Wallstreet, or own their own companies- not even close to sex offenders are crimials. THese people are not trying to get high they are trying to get help. A stable dose of methadone is between 80-120mg and some need it for life-no different then someone who has diabetes others successfully take methadone and are off in 2 years. THe problme isn't prescribing methadone. it's drugs in general and how these people are getting them. Maybe the police should crack down on drug dealers rather then worrying about those who are trying to get treatment.

  16. >Camille- The reason for methadone to help an individual function normally after they damaged their body in abusing opiates. Your body produces natural chemicals, Hence "runners high” When one starts taking opiates for lets say a surgical procedure and whether they abuse or get addicted to the pills their body becomes dependent on the opiates and no longer produces the natural chemicals needed. So when one stops taking the opiates they go through a physical withdrawal. In these cases, things like methadone help fill those voids so to speak that way they do not have the physical illness and can function again in a normal life. Methadone is also prescribed to people for pain management. People with cancer or other chronic illness could take methadone to aid in the pain. (It’s not just for “drug addicts”). On a side note, methadone when on the right dose blocks the effects of other synthetic opiates if a person tries to take them. Methadone is and should be used as a last resort of treatment for those who cannot detox alone. I don’t agree that these people opened up a clinic in a neighborhood however the reality of it is, there is crime in Middletown every day long with many opiate addiction people whether you hear about it or not.

  17. >This methadone mill would probably be more palatable if the clients were limited to Middletown junkies but it is not. So in addition to our local drug addicts, we are directing addicts who have no ties to Middletown to come pay us a visit for the sole purpose of getting their legal fix. No one who lives in proximity to ground zero for that type of "medical care" can be happy for that honor. There is also the fact that this clinic is a one trick pony. It apparently caters ONLY to addicts. Perhaps if in addition to giving out flu shots, antibiotics and other care residents need it just happen to also provide methadone to a subgroup that needed it, it could be better tolerated. But the greed of those who run these mills precludes that- and as such, the residents rightfully are outraged.

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