Petition to Oppose Medically Monitored Inpatient Detox at 225 Turnpike St, Canton

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Drug and alcohol detox treatment centers specialize in helping people wean off a substance, such as heroine and alcohol; programs vary in terms of location, length, and intensity. 

A typical detox process for severe substance abuse begins with 3 to 7 days of medically managed detoxification, which takes place in an inpatient facility. Depending on which withdrawal symptoms you have or the substance to which you’re addicted, doctors may prescribe specific medications to help alleviate any discomfort and to help control cravings. 

Medical staff at inpatient detox centers can prescribe medications to manage these symptoms and to reduce the risk of complications or immediate relapse. Commonly used detox medications include: Methadone, Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Benzodiazepines, Anticonvulsants, Antipsychotics and Anti-nausea medicine.

Given the nature of the medical issues that can arise during detox, a hospital is an ideal location for a detox facility.  A hospital offers the most intensive medical supervision possible during detox. In this setting, you will be monitored by doctors and nurses at all times, which is the best option for people with long-standing or otherwise severe addictions, for those at risk for experiencing withdrawal complications, or for people with other significant medical problems.

You live at the facility for the duration of your detox, after which you may immediately enter a 30, 60, or 90-day addiction treatment program.  These programs are often provided at the same location as the detox on an outpatient basis.  The additional treatment options will often include the daily use of methadone and suboxone to help with cravings.

Given the proposed location of the facility and its distance to local hospitals, we are opposed to the application filed with the Town of Canton to allow for a Medically Monitored Inpatient Detox facility at 225 Turnpike Street.  There are schools and residential neighborhoods within a close proximity to the proposed facility.  In addition, there is a great deal of concern around who will be running and operating this facility.  The applicant is a real estate developer with no experience in operating this type of facility.  In addition, the definition of a Medically Monitored Inpatient Detoxification Facility does not meet the zoning requirements of 225 Turnpike Street nor does it meet the definition of a convalescent or nursing home under the Massachusetts General Laws.  

 



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