U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-13th)
Northeast Philadelphia is a vibrant residential and commercial community. The presence of a proposed methadone clinic at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Decatur Street in Holmesburg threatens the community’s quality of life, economic development and public safety. It’s a risk we cannot afford.
For the last two years, I have stood with community members and elected officials in strongly opposing the proposal for a for-profit methadone clinic at this location. I am outraged that the Common Pleas Court sustained an appeal of a Zoning Board of Adjustment decision, clearing a path for The Healing Way to open the clinic.
We have a responsibility to ensure that treatment options are available for those suffering from addiction. However, The Healing Way’s operators have no medical credentials of any kind. Methadone clinics provide narcotics and can pose a health and safety threat if not administered by qualified professionals. Federal laws and regulations exist to protect our communities, and I am working closely with federal, state and local officials to ensure the full enforcement of all rules and regulations. Given the many concerns and potentially negative consequences associated with this project, we must pursue every option available to stop it from opening.
I’ve expressed my strong concerns and opposition to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and I will continue to call on them to prevent the clinic from opening.
I commend City Council Members Bobby Henon and Dennis O’Brien, State Reps. Kevin Boyle, Michael McGeehan and John Taylor, and State Sen. Mike Stack for their leadership, and I will continue working with them to ensure this clinic does not open. I would also like to thank the Mayfair and Holmesburg civic associations for mobilizing the community’s collective voice on this important matter.