LEWISTON — The Lewiston City Council has given its approval for the first methadone clinic in the Maine community.

City councilors Tuesday night voted 4-3 in favor of allowing Massachusetts-based Community Substance Abuse Centers to open a methadone clinic on Mollison Way.

According to the Sun Journal, councilors stipulated the clinic can have no more than 500 patients. Methadone is a synthetic narcotic used to treat those addicted to heroin and other opiates.

Community Substance Abuse Centers CEO Matt Davis said he expects to begin moving into the space within four months.

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