Recently, a petition has been circulated throughout our community calling for the relocation of the First Step Medical Clinic (methadone treatment centre). This petition is a demonstration of support for First Step Medicial Clinic, it's current location and the individuals working to manage and treat their addiction at the facility.
Whereas, addiction to opioids and other substances is a public health issue and methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is an effective means to treat such addictions ; and
Whereas, MMT has a number of other benefits, including reducing the transmission of HIV  while causing “no significant increase” in crime in the areas surrounding methadone treatment clinics; and
Whereas, the location of the First Step Medical Clinic (methadone treatment centre) in downtown Oshawa is accessible for a vast majority of individuals who utilize the clinic; and
Whereas, downtown Oshawa is a diverse community inclusive of all people; therefore
We the undersigned:
1) Support individuals working to manage and treat their addictions.
2) Support downtown businesses that value and serve all members of our community.
3) Support the First Step Medical Clinic and other harm reduction strategies.
4) Support the current location of the First Step Medical Clinic and oppose any effort to relocate the treatment centre.
 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2012). Methadone Maintenance Treatment: Client Handbook. Retrieved, May 28, 2013 from http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction_information/methadone/client_handbook/Pages/mmt_clienthndbk_ch2.aspx
 Academy for Educational Development. (2002). Methadone Maintenance Treatment.Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved on May 28, 2013 from http://www.cdc.gov/idu/facts/methadonefin.pdf
 Boyd, S. J., Fang, L. J., Medoff, D. R., Dixon, L. B., & Gorelick, D. A. (2012). Use of a ‘microecological technique’ to study crime incidents around methadone maintenance treatment centers. Addiction. 107 (9) 1360-1443.