A Stockton doctor has quietly opened Lodi's first methadone clinic in Lodi Memorial Hospital's Urgent Care office, raising concerns due to the proximity to a local school.
Dr. Ernest Vasti opened the clinic on Monday at 1235 W. Vine St. after becoming licensed to provide specialized care for former heroin addicts. Methadone is believed to be less addictive and used as a replacement for heroin and other opiates.
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