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Methadone Clinic Operators To Meet With Neighbors Following Complaints

Operators of a newly-opened methadone clinic in Springfield, Massachusetts plan to meet with neighbors Monday who complain their quality of life has been disrupted.

Residents and business owners in Springfield’s South End have witnessed an increase in apparent drug use, prostitution, and panhandling in the last few months, according to Leo Florian, president of the South End Citizens Council.

"And the only thing that has changed in this time frame is they opened the methadone clinic," said Florian.

Florian said operators of the Habit OPCO clinic had until now snubbed invitations to neighborhood meetings.

According to the mayor’s office, the clinic agreed recently to hire off-duty police officers to provide security outside the building.


Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.