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Residents concerned about new Marion opioid clinic

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MARION, Ill. -- Some Marion residents are upset because a new opioid addition treatment center is opening up in their neighborhood.

Centerstone Illinois is adding a Methadone treatment clinic at 200 South Bentley Street in Marion. That's right behind Centerstone's campus on Main Street. 

Bryce and Monica Ashcraft have lived next to Centerstone for the past 13 years. They moved to Marion from central Illinois, unaware of the services that surrounded their home.

"They've used our garden as an ash tray for their cigarette butts," Monica said about people who visit Centerstone. 

CEO of Centerstone Illinois, John Markley, says this new building will offer multiple services to help those with opioid addictions. One of those services is Methadone, a synthetic drug that blocks the high you get from using pain killers. 

"We will also have counseling services, combined with education and with prescribers working with this treatment," Markley said. "It's much more effective treatment and has better outcomes."

Centerstone held a forum Tuesday night to get feedback on the new service. 

One neighbor at the forum said, "We're not saying we don't want them to get treatment, we are saying we don't want them to receive treatment next store to us."

Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella believes Centerstone didn't address the important topics, "They were informative about the opioid crisis when they should have been talking about the facility." 

Rinella says Centerstone is allowed to build on the property because it's a commercially-zoned area. 

But neighbors like the Ashcrafts hope the city and Centerstone hears their concerns. 

"They don't care because it's not next door to them, and if it was, it wouldn't be happening," the Ashcrafts said. "Honestly I don't think there is any chance of stopping it at this point."

Mayor Rinella asked Markley to hold another meeting for the residents, to answer concerns from the public since Rinella feels Centerstone didn't do that at Tuesday night's meeting. Rinella also wants Markley to bring the building plans to that meeting to allow neighbors to see the blue prints. There is no word yet on when that meeting will be. 

The property at Bentley Street currently sits empty but Markley expects the building to be open after the first of the year.

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