Addiction center planned for the Westside

By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

An outpatient addiction center is in the works for the Westside.

Cory McConnell, an expansion business partner for CleanSlate based in Brentwood, Tenn., told the Westland Area Commission at its Oct. 17 meeting that a medical center is planned for 86 N. Wilson Road in the Great Western Shopping Center. However, he did not have a target opening date.

The center would be staffed by two physicians and a nurse practitioner. They would treat people suffering from an addiction to alcohol or opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers.

Patients are treated with Federal Drug Administration-approved medications and care coordination, and treatment is covered by public and private insurance.

His announcement of opening such a clinic on the Westside brought a cheerleader-like response from commission member Nancy Day-Achauer who has been working toward stemming the use and overdoses related to drugs. She raised her arms and shouted “Yay!”

Also addressing the commission was Michael Liggett, community relations coordinator for the city’s Department of Public Service. He addressed plans for snow removal.

He reminded members that the city has broken streets into three categories: freeways, major arteries and side streets. He said freeways get top priority. Major arteries, such as West Broad and Sullivant, should be cleared within about 10 hours of a snow event, and side streets still another 10 hours or depending on how heavy the snowfall.

Members have been discussing alternative meeting locations in addition to their normal meeting place on the second floor of the Osteopathic Heritage Center at Doctors Hospital.

They have met at the Darby Dan Party House and also at the Prairie Township Community Center. No decision has been made for moving meetings on a regular basis.

November’s regular meeting date falls the night before Thanksgiving and members preferred meeting the week after the holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Doctors Hospital location. The public is always welcome at the open meetings.

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