Subject: Methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Avenue
Monday, July 18, 2011
Fw: Methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Avenue
Letter from Fred Moore, President of Holmesburg Civic Association, to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.
News of a proposed "methadone clinic" to be located at 7900 Frankford Ave, one block south of Rhawn and Frankford, has shaken the Holmesburg/Mayfair community in Northeast Philadelphia to the core. This is the heart of Holmesburg with many nearby churches, schools, daycares, library, firehouse, and a vast network of single family dwellings and small businesses. We are all struggling to sustain a foothold in these trying social and economic times. The stigma associated with "methadone clinics" has resulted in extremely negative expectations, perhaps even the death knell of our community. In addition to the many well documented reports of abuse and misuse at "methadone clinics" our ignorance and fear of the unknown are fueling the blazes of outrage. The ignorance is not entirely of our own making. Numerous attempts have been made over the past 6 months - since January 2011 when the Phila L&I permit was posted - to get information on what kind of medical practice was planned for the 7900 Frankford Ave facility, to no avail. There has been absolutely no transparency or the slightest attempt on the part of the medical facility or anyone associated with it to reach out to the community. Quite the opposite has been the case.
It is now confirmed at this late date (as of last Wed, July 13) that an application has indeed been submitted to the PA Dept of Health for a license to distribute narcotics (ie, methadone) at the as yet to open medical facility at 7900 Frankford Ave. The State DAPL (Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure) approval is only one of the government agencies needed to get the clinic up and running. There are also two Federal agencies that must approve the application, DEA and CSAT.
The Holmesburg and Mayfair Civic Associations have banded together to oppose in the strongest possible terms this potentially fatal injection into the center of our residential communities and the vital Frankford Ave business corridor.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 6 PM at Lincoln High School. Your attendance would be much appreciated.
Holmesburg Civic Assn
Please see attachments.
FYI: An on-site rally at 7900 Frankford Ave is also scheduled for 5:30 PM, Tuesday, July 19. Tomorrow.