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Idea Of Methadone Clinic In Thompsonville Is Rejected By SHAWN R. BEALS 11:13 p.m. EDT, March 18, 2010 ENFIELD — The board of the North Central District Health Department voted Wednesday to kill the idea of a potential methadone clinic in the Thompsonville section. The Hartford Dispensary, a substance-abuse clinic, recently explored the possibility of placing a facility at the health department's North Main Street office. On Monday, when town council members learned about the plan, they argued that it could undermine Thompsonville revitalization efforts. In a letter to the health department, Hartford Dispensary Executive Director Paul McLaughlin said his clinic treats about 100 people from the Enfield area for narcotic addictions. But Deputy Mayor Ken Nelson was not swayed, saying Thursday that a clinic "would have been a huge step in the wrong direction. I don't want to make things convenient for drug addicts, I want to make things convenient for the people who actually work and live in Thompsonville." Bill Blitz, director of health for the department, said it never planned to host a methadone clinic. He said a dispensary representative "came to us unannounced in December" asking if a facility to treat Enfield residents would be possible. "It really wasn't our thing so we didn't do anything about it," Blitz said Thursday. "We think we're helping Thompsonville, and we want to be a stable influence here in Thompsonville." When Town Manager Matthew Coppler informed the council Monday about the idea of a partnership between the health department and the methadone clinic, council members again raised the possibility — discussed in late 2009 — about withdrawing from the department. At the time, council members expressed dissatisfaction with the department's customer service. Nelson said that he thinks the dispensary will continue to look for an Enfield clinic location and that he and others would continue to fight it. "A lot of local groups joined together. It's time we take our town back," Nelson said. Voices for Thompsonville, a community group, and state Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, also wrote to the health district opposing the facility. http://www.courant.com/community/enfield/hc-enfield-methadone-clinic-031.artmar18,0,2267475.story My favorite aspect of this article is that right under the article about "taking our town back" from the horrors of drug addiction TREATMENT, they feature a big picture from the Hartford St. Patty's Day parade showing a giant beer mug with "I LOVE BEER!" stenciled on the side. That was the image chosen by the paper to portray the whole parade. Hartford--we LOVE beer--but we HATE drug treatment!