Posted by Councilman Bobby Henon Morgan on May 30, 2014 at 4:21 PM
(Philadelphia) – Northeast Philadelphia community leaders and elected officials, who remain united in opposition to the proposed Healing Way methadone dispensary, issued the following statement in response to the latest developments in the licensing process:
“While we continue to aggressively pursue our opposition through the legal system, we are urging residents, business owners, school officials and local workers to prepare for the reality that the Healing Way methadone dispensing facility is going to open on Frankford Ave.
Though our appeal to the state Supreme Court is still pending, the recent Commonwealth Court decision makes it clear that it is shortsighted to rely entirely on the court system to prevent the disruption to our neighborhoods and the erosion of our quality of life.
While it seems to defy reality to pretend that treating hundreds of drug addicts every day will have the same community impact as any other medical facility, that is the current state of our laws and we must acknowledge that.
Still, there is much we can do to preserve our community.
First, we must push forward with proposed changes to those laws to prevent this situation from being repeated in other communities across the Commonwealth.
Second, many of the problems associated with the methadone-for-money dispensation are not protected by law and can be mitigated by community action and vigilance.
We are working closely with city departments to ensure that zoning, health, tax and facilities laws are followed and that deviations are addressed promptly and decisively.
Once the Healing Way does open for business, its operators should understand that it is doing business in a community fiercely intent on protecting its schools, its children, its businesses and its way of life.
Today, we continue to invest in our appeal through the legal process, but we have also begun to prepare Protocols of Protection for our community that includes a listing of contacts, resources and instructions for calling police, zoning officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) in the event of disruptive behavior related to the facility.
Should the courts fail to protect the community, that job will fall to us.”
Congressman Robert Brady
State Representative Kevin Boyle