Securing our Safety, a group dedicated to find funding solutions in the county, sent a letter to the “Joint Ways and Means Committee” asking for $800,000.
The group came up with this figure after talking with Marion and Lane county officials who already have a methadone clinic. SOS says if the money comes through it will help fund community awareness programs and hire physicians for one year.
“An important part of our program is that we’re going to fast track people in counseling and support groups. And we want people to come into the program with the understanding that they are going to get off methadone or suboxone,” said SOS member Toni Webb.
Currently, about 150 grants pass residents travel to the medford methadone clinic to seek treatment.