Although I appreciate the challenges the author, Carolyn Carlson, faces with her son's addiction problems, I stand by the opinion of the many people who attended the three sessions hosted by UNM Hospital when considering the site for the clinic.
Carlson didn't note that we also have Endorphin Power Company in the SE heights. Despite its original intent, it's become a halfway house, something no one in the neighborhood ever agreed to. Also, there are services available for vets at the VA Hospital. Many of those people wander our neighborhoods, as well as those who go to the facilities Carlson names.
Carlson misrepresented my stance about a clinic in the NE heights. As a long time journalist, I am sure she has seen the articles in the ABQ Journal about the rise of opiate use among teens, especially those from more affluent areas of the city. I think it would be a good idea to create a clinic specifically for teens and young adults. As a parent, Ms. Carlson, wouldn't you rather have a clinic that caters to the specific issues of younger addicts? I also think that parents and others in the NE heights might become more aware of the problems that exist in their area of the city and not think the problems with drug and alcohol use are exclusively taking place in the SE heights and the South Valley.
As a separate issue, I stand by my statement that the particular piece of real estate that was under consideration, on Central near San Mateo, is prime real estate on historic Route 66. It should be put to use to benefit all residents while acknowledging the significance of Rt. 66.