Residents concerned as drug clinic opens near elementary school

DEER PARK, OH (FOX19) - A clinic to treat drug addicts opened on Saturday right across the street from an elementary school.

Some residents and parents aren't exactly rolling out the welcome mat for Prime Health Group.

The rehab clinic opened its doors in the 43-hundred-block of East Galbraith Road in Deer Park, which is across the street from Amity Elementary school.

Ed Murphy, who moved to Deer Park just a few weeks ago with his wife and two small children, said he thought that living across the street from an elementary school would be safe before learning about the clinic moving nearby.

"You're definitely worried about the element of the people that are going to be dropped off or coming around or walking up and down the street," Murphy said.

"I don't think that it's right for them to have this clinic right here. They should have it somewhere, like, in a different location because right here in front of a school is not right," said Brittany Loch, who attended Amity Elementary as a child

No one from Prime Health Group was available for comment, but their website describes them as physicians providing treatment for opiate addiction using medications like Suboxone that are obtained off-site.

There's a sign in the window that reads no medications on site.

Prime Health Group also provides counseling referrals and resources.

Norm Baney is a Deer Park resident who says he's all for drug treatment, but thinks the location choice has push boundaries.

"There's plenty of areas where they could have brought it in where there's less residential. You know, I want the people to get help, but I don't want to take a chance of my family being jeopardized my house, our neighborhood and our city being put at risk," Baney expressed to FOX19's Gordon Graham.

Other Deer Park residents tell FOX19 that today's protest and all the controversy has already attracted unwanted attention to their community and what some people call the "wrong element."

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