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Well-run detox facilities will pose no threats to neighbors

I have worked as manager for two residential drug treatment programs, as well as a counselor and group supervisor in a detox facility.

This spanned a period of 15 years and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that any type of problem which might effect someone outside one of these facilities occurred.

If run well, residential treatment programs pose no threat to the neighborhoods they are located in.

Of more importance, however (in my opinion), is the cost that this new facility proposes to provide treatment for.

Many people in need of drug treatment will not be able to afford the $8,000 or so fee.

I would like to see some sort of scholarship/fee reduction program for at least a limited number of clients whereby this facility will help to provide some service to those in need who can’t pay high fees.

Our existing drug treatment services are already overburdened and this community needs all the help it can get with these serious problems.

Mike Thornton

Grass Valley

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