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Senate OKs amendment to ban methadone clinics in DeKalb
Friday, June 08, 2007Times Montgomery BureauHuntsville Times
MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Senate gave final approval Thursday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban the methadone clinics in DeKalb County without voter approval.
The Senate approved the proposed constitutional amendment on a 65-0 vote.
The state Health Planning and Development Agency has issued a certificate of need for a clinic, but it has been strongly opposed by county residents, said Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe.
"People feel very strongly against it, and we should let the people decide," he said. "There's not been any support for it."
Barron said there was an initial attempt to locate the clinic in Fort Payne and then in Rainsville, but it's never been built.
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