Residential drug treatment center spurs protest

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A group of protesters picketed outside a new residential drug addiction treatment facility in St. George, citing concerns over safety and declining home values.

Residents, who held placards during Saturday’s protest, say they’re all for drug rehabilitation facilities but they don’t think they belong in residential areas.

Some neighbors told The Spectrum of St. George (http://bit.ly/1cTdOCw ) they fear people will leave the facility and break into their homes if they suffer a relapse and need money for drugs. They note Bloomington Elementary School is about a half-mile away.

But Josh Campbell of Steps Recovery Center says many of the concerns stem from a lack of communication and he hopes to win over his neighbors in time.

He says the facility set to open Monday is an in-patient center that will not allow people to come and go at will.

The facility is licensed to accept eight residents.

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Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com

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