WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Four days before Waveland city leaders are scheduled to vote on the controversial issue, the owner of the building where a proposed methadone clinic would be set up is speaking out. As we reported on Thursday, planning and zoning commissioners rejected the idea, because they felt the clinic would have a negative impact on the community.
The building's owner says most people have pre-conceived opinions about the substance abuse clinic that are not true. Johnny Newmyer said 90 percent of what the clinic does is treat people for pain pill addictions and not heroin.
"I wish the city would take another look at this and reconsider. We can't discriminate against people who are sick. We can't take the attitude that we don't want those people here, because those people are your mother, sister, your brother, your aunt, your cousin, all types of people like that need help," said Newmyer.
Colonial Management Group, the company wanting to bring the clinic to Waveland, operates 65 similar clinics across the nation, including one in Jackson. Newmyer says it has run there for more than 30 years with no major problems.
City aldermen will vote on Tuesday whether to follow the zoning commission's recommendation or to open the doors to the clinic.