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State denies application for methadone clinic to open in St. Charles County

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An application for a planned opioid addiction treatment center was denied by the state after months of pushback from neighbors.

New Season is a methadone treatment facility that was supposed to open this month in a strip mall in St. Charles County behind the St. Andrew’s Shopping Center. A sign is up at the storefront located in between a bar and an Alcoholics Anonymous office.

For months, neighbors voiced concerns about the location that is also across the street from a daycare and located next to homes.

“I’m not thrilled with it, I’m not going to be happy, it’s going to bring all sorts of people,” said Loralee who lives down the street.

She and others say they are not against the clinic but the location. That was the theme of a petition that gathered more than 200 signatures.

St. Charles County and St. Charles City penned resolutions requesting relocation and asking the Department of Mental Health to deny the application.

“Law enforcement experience is that heroin dealers know that large numbers of opioid-addicted persons come to these types of facilities each day and dealers may attempt to sell heroin to these persons,” read the resolution from the St. Charles City Council.

But others say this is exactly the right location given the epidemic of opioid abuse in St. Charles County.

“If it was your child, if it was your loved one, you would want them to have access to whatever is available,” said Tammy Schoessel who works nearby.

But in the end, the decision is up to the Department of Mental Health. A letter obtained by News 4 denied the application by New Season.

“It has been determined that this additional information does not meet the requirements, due to lack of submission of letters of support from local authorities. Therefore, the application for certification is denied,” the letter says.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said she could not comment on the next step or the future of the clinic because of “pending litigation.”

Neighbors said they saw furniture being moved into the location and on the treatment center’s website it still says “opening soon.”

New Season operates a similar clinic in Breckenridge Hills.

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