The proposal aims to establish a standard of care for drug dispensaries in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, OH. (WSAZ) – A new proposal addresses drug rehabilitation facilities and addiction treatment facilities in the city of Portsmouth. Mayor Sean Dunne says it aims to establish a standard of care to ensure the health and safety of residents at these facilities.

“There is general agreement that poor facilities are failing customers and communities,” Mayor Dunne said.

Dunne says many aspects of caregiving are voluntary and he wants them to be mandated by law. The proposal initially provides for the establishment of a registration program.

“This requires a registry program so we can track who’s here and what they’re doing,” Dunne said. “Mandatory drug testing twice a week for those sober within six months. We add a satisfactory supply of groceries and groceries for people in apartments. We’re adding free local transit. Essentially, we want to make sure people in recovery are cared for.”

Aaron Wagner, COO of The Counseling Center, says he’s read the proposal and likes what he sees.

“Functional carbon monoxide detectors, fire protection systems, emergency plans,” Wagner said.

These are all aspects of health and safety that he believes should already be followed by establishments that do everything they can to help their customers. He believes this legislation could deter those entering the industry purely for profit.

“You will look elsewhere. They want to think of mandatory standards and create a registration program here in Portsmouth,” Dunne said.

City Council is holding a special meeting at Portsmouth Little Theater on Saturday 30 April at 8:30am. It is open to the public.

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