Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Clinic A[euro][approximately]a Turn-Off' in CBD

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Clinic A[euro][approximately]a Turn-Off' in CBD

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CITY workers will be mixing it with drug addicts on Brisbane St, as they wait for a CBD methadone clinic's afternoon opening time during the lunch-time rush.

As the first of 1200 public servants have moved into Icon Ipswich, concerns are growing that a methadone clinic may be turning business away from the rejuvenated Ipswich city.

Concerns have been raised that the CBD may have outgrown the Ipswich Dosing Centre's location directly opposite Icon Ipswich.

The clinic opened five years ago and councillor Andrew Antoniolli believes a number of empty shop fronts either side of the clinic is evidence it has scared off business owners.

"It's had a negative impact in this area. Many of the businesses have told me of the negative impacts," he said.

But the centre's owner, pharmacist John Ward says the clinic is preventing crime in Ipswich. He said the $5 methadone treatment his clinic offered prevented heroin addicts from having to support drug habits ranging from about $200 a day. …

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