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New methadone clinic good for Lodi

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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:00 am

The clinic that Dr. Ernest Vasti has opened in Lodi is the best thing that has happened since sliced bread. It's going to help the drug problem in Lodi, for one.

Sure, it might be close to the school, but there is no way that any of the kids can get ahold of any of the methadone. You go there to get your daily dose, which you drink there.

If you are fortunate enough to take it home, your doses go into a locked box so nobody can get at it. The hours of the clinic are also so early that kids don't have time to see any of the clients, so any concerns about that are far and in between.

Having this clinic here in Lodi helps those in Lodi get help, since you had to go to Stockton each and every day before, and sometimes you would miss your weekend dose because the bus couldn't get you there on time. You can ask any person in Lodi who has started there, they are so grateful that they don't have to go to Stockton anymore.

You watch, having this clinic open will help the opiate-addicted people get the help they've been wanting. Less painkillers will be sold on the street, not to mention the way people get the money to buy them. So, all-in-all, this is a very good move for Lodi. It should have happened 10 or 15 years ago — but you all thought there was no drug problem, just like you think there is no gang problem.

Ron Kelly

Lodi

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