Once again (and again, and again), the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) and the CAVEmen (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) pitchforks came out in mass to protest a methadone clinic opening in Philadelphia, notwithstanding that methadone clinics are otherwise allowed.
“The court also used a Third Circuit finding to bolster its conclusion, citing a 2007 ruling that found that municipalities are not free to hold methadone clinics to different zoning standards than ordinary medical clinics.”
There is no basis to treat medical and health clinics any differently from substance abuse clinics, but for the type of person to be treated.
I often find it comical (not really) when I bring to NIMBY’s attention that a MOD (medical office building) permits psychiatrists who have the right to see would-be mass murderers and potential child molesters, but heaven forbid people seeking recovery and solace from the scourge of drug abuse seek similar (if not less intense) medical and behavioral care, and the pitchforks and torches come off the shelves.
Check out this LAW360 article:
Pa. Court Says Philly Zoning Can’t Preclude Meth Clinics