I want to set the record straight regarding a recent news story reported by Fox 25 News. Our goal for this interview was to bring to light the work of Malden Overcoming Addiction and their recent proposal to bring what is known as the Bridge Recovery Center to Malden. Unfortunately, the news organization wrongly portrayed these efforts as an extension of Boston’s troubled “Methadone Mile.” As a result of the story, some were left to believe that Malden was actually seeking to locate a methadone clinic within the city.
Let me be clear that there is no medical facility component being considered nor has it ever been discussed. In fact, the sole purpose of a recovery center would be to provide daily peer-to-peer recovery services and support to those fighting the disease of addiction. Services would include in part resume building, GED preparation, and health and wellness. No medicines or medical treatments of any kind would be administered. We are actually providing these types of recovery services currently in the community and establishing a center would provide a home base for additional services for Malden residents. I find it hard to meet anyone who has not been affected by the opioid crisis.
The idea of a recovery center is in its infancy and any plans to move forward will be brought to the community for feedback and input. As the opioid epidemic continues to plague our communities, we have to work together to seek solutions for those wanting to change their lives and stop the cycle of addiction.