Duluth methadone clinic getting shut down by state

The Lake Superior Treatment Center uses methadone to treat opiate addictions. A Human Services Department inspection last month found health and safety violations discovered in March had not been corrected. An official with the company that runs the for-profit clinic predicts its clients will die, overdose, or go to jail.
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Minnesota's Human Services Department is revoking the license of a Duluth treatment center that provides methadone to clients to help them beat opiate addiction.

The Lake Superior Treatment Center is one of five Minnesota clinics operated by a Florida-based for-profit company called Colonial Management Group. The Duluth clinic was cited in March for violating health and safety laws and rules. Most of those violations had not been corrected by last month's follow-up inspection.

Methadone is a painkiller that can relieve withdrawal symptoms of opiate addicts. But it is itself a narcotic that can lead to overdoses.

An investigative series by the Duluth News Tribune found that distributing methadone to opiate addicts has created a secondary market for the drug, through clients selling their take-home doses on the street. Failure to track take-home doses was among the violations cited by the Human Services Department. You can read the News Tribune's whole methadone series here.

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