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Baileyton board votes to close prescription drug treatment clinic

At a Thursday meeting of the Baileyton Planning Commission, commissioners ruled  Emmaus Medical and Counseling was in violation of town codes that restrict where clinics that prescribe addiction therapy drugs can be located. At a Thursday meeting of the Baileyton Planning Commission, commissioners ruled Emmaus Medical and Counseling was in violation of town codes that restrict where clinics that prescribe addiction therapy drugs can be located.
BAILEYTON, TN (WJHL) - The Mayor of Baileyton says he's instructed the town's police chief and roads supervisor to take action to immediately close a clinic that recently opened in the Greene County town.

At a meeting of the Baileyton Planning Commission Thursday, commissioners ruled  Emmaus Medical and Counseling was in violation of town codes that restrict where clinics that prescribe addiction therapy drugs can be located.

Emmaus Medical and Counseling manager Dr. Charles Backus told News Channel 11 the clinic was a faith-based treatment center for people struggling to overcome prescription drug addiction.   The drug Suboxone was one of the treatment options offered to patients, Backus said.

Here's a link to previous coverage from News Channel 11.

Baileyton town leaders recently amended city code to ban clinics the prescribe drugs like Suboxone and Methadone from opening outside what's called an M-1 Zone.

"It's too close to schools and churches," said Mayor Thomas Casteel.   "The Commission instructed me to take action so I've ordered the Police Chief to close the building immediately."

Reached by phone Thursday night, Mayor Casteel said the clinic's owners did not let anyone in town government know it was opening a facility where people addicted to drugs would come for treatment.   "The clinic never went before any sitting government body," Mayor Casteel said.   "We didn't know they were there until the traffic problem popped up, and it's been awful with cars come from as far away as Virginia and Kentucky most days."

It was not immediately known how Emmaus Medical and Counseling would respond to the town's actions.

"We hope they close without having to go to court to get a judge's order," Casteel said.

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