Two Kitchener city councillors are opposed to plans to open a new methadone clinic on King Street because there are already three clinics in or near downtown - and they say that's enough.
Councillors Dan Glenn-Graham and Frank Etherington will present a motion at Monday night's council meeting to ask operators of methadone clinics not to open new facilities within three kilometres of the city's downtown borders.
Glenn-Graham says the motion is important even if operators don't comply.
"It's a signal to these owners that people are saying enough is enough, and this is a reflection of the frustration that both council, certainly Frank and I, as well as the residents of the east downtown areas are feeling," he said.
"We really have to be sensitive to this, and while I do support the concept of treatment through methadone, with counselling of course to help people, we do have to try and be fair in this approach so that we are sharing this throughout the region."
Both councillors say they've talked to Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy about how the province could help.
However, Milloy says the only responsibility Ontario has is to give out licenses for doctors to prescribe methadone.
"From that point forward they act independently the way your dentist or your family doctor might, in that they find a suitable location, establish their clinic and bill the province through OHIP," Milloy said
"We have no role in the actual location of a clinic or the approval of where it should be."
Towards Recovery Clinics plans to launch a new clinic in early August at 1145 King Street East.
Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres operates a clinic one block away at 1253 King Street East, and another clinic located at 509 Park Street.
The Ontario College of Physicians lists a fourth methadone clinic in Kitchener, at 310 King Street East at Cedar Street operating under the name Bright Star Clinic.