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Debate over proposed methadone clinic

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19)---Bill Wells and Nancy Ray are mad about a proposed methadone clinic on Lake Park Drive in South Covington. It would treat drug addicts. Wells and Ray are involved with the South Covington Community Action Association.

"Why do they all have to come to Covington?" says Wells. "You've got Tuscany development .10 of a mile right there, a half mile away, you've got Kenton County Pioneer Park. I just don't think it's an appropriate setting for a drug rehab center."

Lexington psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Lamb spoke to FOX19 by phone about the project. He would be treating patients at the center.

 "You can expect that done carefully, which we intend to do, crime will go down," says Lamb.

Lamb says the project will be done right, and will not have impact on the people who live near the site.

It will take a zoning change from the city of Covington before the clinic can open because the proposed clinic is in an industrial park.

"We expect people not to come there for the wrong reasons, and we try to go to great lengths to make sure that people don't linger," says Lamb.

Bill Wells doesn't agree.

"I certainly don't think a methadone clinic is going to improve the quality of life or any of those other things," he says.

And over in the nearby Tuscany subdivision, there is division about the clinic. Cora Gifford says she feels conflicted.

 "It seems like there's a lot of negative. You've got the jail and the drug rehab that's up there, and now the methadone, its around us. But, I'm a nurse and I feel good about helping people. And everybody needs a chance in life," says Gifford.

Wells says he and the rest of the people on the South Covington Action Association have asked the city of Covington for a public hearing about the clinic.

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