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Doctor responds to Baileyton worries about rumored Suboxone clinic

Almost 100 people packed a Baileyton, Tennessee town hall meeting tonight to voice concerns about a new business in town rumored to be a Suboxone clinic. Almost 100 people packed a Baileyton, Tennessee town hall meeting tonight to voice concerns about a new business in town rumored to be a Suboxone clinic.
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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - Almost 100 people packed a Baileyton, Tennessee town hall meeting tonight to voice concerns about a new business in town.

A clinic opened last week on Laurel Gap Road Baileyton.

The owner says it's a Christian-based counseling clinic.

"It's not the doctor, it's not what he's doing, it's what going to be brought into our little town as a result of what he's doing," said one Baileyton resident.
But people who live and work nearby say it's way more than that.

"Let's call it what it is...it is a suboxone clinic. There's no question," said a local pastor.
They are convinced the facility is there for the sole purpose of help patients get off addictive drugs using another power prescription drug called Suboxone, an FDA approved medication used to help people kick addictions to powerfully addictive and often illegal substances.

But Baileyton has an ordinance banning Suboxone clinics from opening within one-thousand feet of homes, churches or schools.

The new clinic is within the range of all of those.


Baileyton's town attorney says Backus' clinic has a more immediate problem.  It's not officially registered to do any sort of business in baileyton.

"We are investigating everything and evaluating our ordinance looking into the most appropriate action for the tenant," said Kidwell King, the town's attorney.
Here's an earlier report.

Here's the full statement emailed to News Channel 11 from the clinic manager.

Emmaus Medical and Counseling statement


March 11, 14

I'd like to begin by saying I'm  sorry.  I began this venture unaware of the anxiety I would beset on this community.  This was never my intent.  I hope as you listen to my heart your fears will be replaced with peace over this situation.  There is a huge problem in our backyards. Addiction.  The community seems to be fighting against a place that feels the same way they do. No need to get nervous by what you are hearing. We want safe communities and to eradicate the drug use that is ever so present around us.  As an ER Dr. I have seen the amount of prescription drug use rise tremendously and yet the number of medical detox beds decrease.  In our area we have 7 med detox beds serving a large population with a huge drug problem. I have also seen 3 of these hospitals close in the last ten years. We have very few options to help these people. Additionally, many can't complete in patient therapy  while supporting a family or they are too expensive. In 2014 most of our options lie in outpatient therapy.  Few do this well.  Our goal is to be one of the best outpatient programs in the field. Despite many skeptical and fearful people, this program works and our patients really desire help. Our program is multidisciplinary involving counseling, use of different medications as needed and medical therapy.   Let me first tell you what our program is not.  It is not a pain or methadone clinic.  Our goal in our clinic is for people to be completely free from any drug use.  We have a pretty rigid formula for achieving this in each individual patient.   I also hope the community understands that there are many towns and cities that don't operate or feel exactly like we do, yet still have no problems, safety issues, and businesses actually do well around them. We can, therefore, do even better through this opportunity and even bring business to the town. Baileyton, your community, is very central to the patients with the most need. I would love to help as many as I can to get free from the prison of drug use and back into the community working, volunteering, and contributing to life. We want to help coach them to freedom. We have had no safety issues in the 5 years on this journey. I can speak for others as well when I say these patients are like the rest of us and they are safe. We have the opportunity to change many people in Baileyton and the surrounding area if given the chance to help. Please support us in this fight, and given time, I know you will not see the burdens you now feel. I know you will realize the potential, and continue to feel safe in your town, and maybe even excited to be a part of improving your community. Give us time please, Baileyton. Thank you.


Sincerely,

An Emmaus medical and counseling physician


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