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Proposed Drug Rehab Center Stirs Up Controversy In Putnam Community
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jan. 28, 2012 6:04 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 28, 2012 6:17 PM EST
Buffalo , Putnam County , West Virginia
A controversial proposal has hit community members in the small town of Buffalo in Putnam County to their core.
The proposal is to bring in an inpatient rehabilitation center named, "The Rock House" to Eighteen Mile Creek in Buffalo.
It comes from a group made up of a physician and the founder of Parents Against Addictions. They're looking at different places throughout Putnam County to locate the center. They met with people of Buffalo Saturday morning to present their ideas.
"We've felt this resistance before, and we're ready for it. And I think part of it is because people feel uncomfortable having addicts in their community which I completely understand. It's just unfortunately, the addicts are already here that's who we're trying to help," said Michael Robie, D.O., Chairman of The Rock.
Heated opinions came from both sides during the meeting. Some love the idea of bringing in the facility because to them they see it was a way to help addicts and help curb the drug problem. But others, don't want it in their backyard.
"Right now, Buffalo and its surrounding area...I'm sorry...its Wild West," shouted a resident.
"You're wanting to bring all of this down to our community where all these people live and dump it in our lap while you go home to Nitro every night," said Buffalo resident, Tony Johnson.
Nothing has been sketched in stone on where or even if the center will come to any area of Putnam County. Until then, a community stands divided, hopeful for some type of resolution.
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