Monument Methadone Clinic Opponents Find Zoning’s Not On Their Side

A plan to open a methadone clinic in Monument is facing strong opposition.

KKTV reports that hundreds of people opposed to the project gathered Monday night for a meeting on the clinic, which would be located across the street from a community park downtown.

The management company that plans to open it promised to provide security. Mayor Rafael Dominguez says the area is zoned for a facility like a clinic, leaving the town without the means to stop it.

Methadone is used to treat addiction to heroin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, likely because of people switching from painkillers to cheaper heroin.