Methadone clinic coming to Covington, despite city's fight against it

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - City officials in Covington have tried to stop a methadone clinic from moving to their city to no avail. After months in court NKY Med LLC has won the battle to put its drug addiction clinic at the former Sav-A-Lot location at 1717 Madison Avenue.

The LLC is owned by the former Chief Deputy of the Kenton County Sheriff's Office Ron Washington and Dr. Gary A. Shearer, the physician who had his office raided Tuesday by authorities from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No one has been charged with a crime or arrested as of Wednesday night.

Two separate courts have ruled that the clinic can start operations despite opposition by city commissioners and others. "We fought it in court and both state and federal judges ruled that it could operate in any place where zoning allows and the location on Madison Avenue is zoned to allow for medical clinics," said City Manager Larry Klein.

After realizing it was inevitable, city officials researched other methadone clinics including the one in Lexington. "We went down there and talked with the Lexington Police and they said that they have had little, if any, problems," Klein added. "We also visited businesses around that clinic and they said they have had no problems with the clinic at all."

The doctor which will oversee the clinic is not a Northern Kentucky physician but a Lexington doctor. The new methadone clinic is expected to open in the late summer or early fall.

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