Lynnwood protestors, city council concerned about opioid treatment facility near Boys and Girls club

Some people in Lynnwood are concerned about an opioid treatment facility that could soon open near a Boys and Girls club.

The Lynnwood City Council met to discuss concerns over the treatment facility Tuesday night. Dozens of protestors packed the meeting, saying the location is an issue for the community as it's just feet away from the after-school program.

“I live close to the proposed site within three minutes of walking. I have young kids and we go to the Boys and Girls club next door very often. Public safety for the kids is a top concern and there’s no plan brought out by the state and city to protect the kids,” said Vivil Dong.

Acadia Health, one of the largest treatment centers in the county, is planning to relocate its Bothell facility to Lynwood after the building was sold. Acadia said it currently has 100 patients within 5 minutes of the site in Lynwood adding there is a need in the area, citing 18% of overdose deaths come from Snohomish County, a need the city doesn’t dispute.

“They’re good but this is just the wrong place for it. If Lynnwood wants one or will have one and I think they should be, I'm thinking along highway 99 in a light industrial area,” said George Hurst, Lynnwood City Council President.

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