Group Wants Law Limiting Methadone Clinics to 500 Ft From Schools, Churches

EAST HARLEM — A group of people fed up with methadone clinics in their neighborhood are trying to push a stalled bill through Albany that would prevent clinics from opening within 500 feet of schools, parks and churches.townhall

The bill has been sitting in the state assembly since 2012. If it had passed, several methadone clinics in Harlem may not have opened, according Clyde Williams, a former advisor to presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama who is behind the push.

“There is nowhere else in Manhattan where they would dump as many things as they do in East Harlem and Central Harlem,” Williams said. ”We don’t have to accept that.”

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By Gustavo Solis | June 24, 2015

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