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New Methadone Clinic Opens in Easton

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EASTON, Md.- Like many towns on the Eastern Shore, Easton has a growing heroin problem, according to police. Methadone clinics are one solution to helping people stop using the deadly drug, and one of those clinics recently opened in Easton. 

Chesapeake Treatment Services just opened a methodone clinic last week on Marvel Court, located near the intersection of Idlewild Avenue and Route 50.  

Sharon Huseman, executive director of the Talbot Partnership, an organization dedicated to drug abuse prevention, said Easton has needed more options for treatment.

"We certainly could use all the options and treatments we can," she said. "We're kind of limited on the Eastern Shore versus cities."

Area physician Dr. Eric Ciganek said heroin or other opiate users will go to the Easton clinic where they will be administered methadone, which will satiate their cravings, but without heroin's side effects.

"An addiction is a medical problem," Ciganek said. "Just like a person would take a blood pressure pill or a diabetes pill every day, this is like insulin for the diabetes patient."

But clinic founder Dr. David Hill said this isn't just a dispensary.  There will be therapy involved with each patient.

"There's a lot of really great facilities out there," Hill said. "There are also some places, where to me it's like warehousing, where people are just going through, taking their methadone, and they are not getting that second part, which is so so important for the behavioral change."

Easton police said that in light of the heroin problem they face, it is good to have new treatment options.

"I like knowing that there's a facility that people can get the treatment assuming that they go to get the treatment they need as required," said Lt. Gregory Wright of the Easton Police Department. .

Police said they do not anticipate the clinic will cause any safety problems for the community. 

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