Pro­posed ad­dic­tions cen­tre fo­cus of meet­ing

East­ern Health to host pub­lic ses­sion on Feb. 26 in Har­bour Grace

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An an­tic­i­pated pub­lic fo­rum hosted by East­ern Health about the pro­posed adult ad­dic­tions cen­tre in Har­bour Grace was post­poned Feb. 6 due to a snow­storm.

The meet­ing, which will now take place 7 p.m. Feb. 26, will al­low the gen­eral pub­lic to ask ques­tions and voice con­cerns over the fa­cil­ity, which will be lo­cated at the SPLASH Cen­tre ( for­mer St. Paul’s School) on Lady Lake Road.

The fa­cil­ity, which has been said to be well needed in the re­gion, had some $2-mil­lion al­lo­cated for the start of the project in the 2010 bud­get.

In 2012, a con­tract was awarded to Home­wood Health Cen­tre Inc. of Guelph, On­tario for some $1.7 mil­lion to de­velop the func­tional pro­gram and com­plete the ini­tial clin­i­cal man­age­ment of the fa­cil­ity. It was slot­ted to last two-and-ahalf years.

The town’s mayor, Terry Barnes, told The Com­pass he is look­ing for­ward to hear­ing the plans for the fa­cil­ity at the meet­ing. He is also ex­cited to see the fa­cil­ity in the re­gion — not just for jobs, but to help those af­fected by drug and al­co­hol de­pen­den­cies.

“It’s a big prob­lem in the area. We need to ad­dress it,” Barnes ex­plained.

He also noted that for­mer MHA Jerome Kennedy said the job po­si­tions would be filled from the im­me­di­ate area first, some­thing Barnes would also like to see hap­pen.

The cen­tre will house those ages 18 and over with ad­dic­tion prob­lems re­lated from drugs and al­co­hol, and as­sist them by of­fer­ing spe­cial­ized treat­ment.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will be ac­cept­ing bids for the con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity, which is ex­pected to cost an ad­di­tional $8-10 mil­lion, on Feb. 10.

The meet­ing will take place at the fire­fighter’s so­cial build­ing next to the fire hall on Ban­ner­man Street, and is ex­pected to last two hours.

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