Newport mobile methadone faces decision this week

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The company that is still awaiting final approval to bring a mobile methadone clinic to St. Johnsbury is setting its sights next on Newport. The state’s Public Oversight Commission is to decide on Thursday whether to recommend sites in the two Northeast Kingdom communities to be served by the mobile clinic.

If the recommendation is positive, it then goes for a final ruling to John Crowley, the commissioner of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration.

Backers of the mobile clinic, which would be Vermont’s first, say it would save recovering heroin addicts from the Northeast Kingdom the daily trip to Burlington for methadone.

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