To the editor:

The reaction of many outspoken Salem residents to proposed methadone clinic sites in Salem doesn't reflect well on our city.

Many are responding as if a drug dealership were looking for a location. This is a clinic for people who are in the process of escaping addiction. That is an important service that every town should be willing to provide. And our city will be better off for having more people who are able to reach treatment facilities.

I want us to show a little courage and do the right thing. Our city suffers far more from having untreated addicts than it would from having a treatment facility. There is very little real danger associated with these places.

Duncan Cox

Salem

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