State Revokes Methadone Center's License
Posted at: 09/24/2012 2:55 PM
| Updated at: 09/24/2012 3:23 PM
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has revoked the license of Duluth's only methadone treatment facility, citing alleged "serious and chronic licensing violations," but the move doesn't necessarily mean the center will have to close.
The Lake Superior Treatment Center, located on Central Entrance near Arlington Avenue, will have to close on Oct. 8 unless the center requests a contested case hearing by that date.
The thirty-page order, issued Monday, cites 56 alleged violation of state law. It then states, "...the Commissioner has determined that continued operation of the program is not in the best interest of persons who would be served by the chemical dependency treatment program and the Commissioner is revoking your license to provide chemical dependency treatment services."
Alleged violations include excessive counselor caseloads, inadequate control practices to prevent diversion of take home opiates, and failed management of admission waiting lists. Twenty of the alleged violations are similar to violations the center was cited for in 2009.
Methadone is a legal synthetic drug used to treat people who are addicted to opiates, such as heroine and prescription drugs.