Westland Residents Debate Opioid Treatment Center

"I see it as a solution, not a problem," one resident told WWJ.

WWJ News
September 11, 2019 - 7:09 pm

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WESTLAND, Mich. (WWJ) -- A debate between residents is raging in the city of Westland after the city council approved plans for an opioid addiction treatment center at the site of a long-vacant building.

Dozens turned out to a public meeting at city hall on Tuesday night to object to the proposed center in the former Montana Steakhouse building, at 34290 Ford Road, near the intersection of Wildwood Street.

Many say they don't want opioid-addicted patients in a residential area. The building is located within a half mile of two different schools, a park, an apartment complex and a cemetery.

One woman tells WWJ's Charlie Langton as someone who has battled drug addiction in the past, she has mixed feelings about the center.

"I am actually a recovering addict and I've been to a treatment center, so I know it'll be good for the community. I'm just not sure this is the right place," she said.

The planning commission and city council approved the treatment facility prior to Tuesday's meeting, but it was standing room only with many wishing to voice their opinions.

Some voiced concerns that the center would be bringing more people with addiction to the area. But that's not how Dean from Westland sees it.

"I'd say they're already here. I don't see putting a place to specifically help those people as bringing more in. I see it as a solution, not a problem," he told WWJ.

Kim, also a former addict says it's a "wonderful idea."

"Where else are people going to go? Do they want them on the street? At least they're trying to get help," she said.

It was unclear whether the city will reconsider its decision on the center.