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Peek provided in Gray Methadone Clinic

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The controversial medical clinic hoping to change hundreds of lives from opioid addiction to full recovery will soon open in the Gray community.

News 5 got a sneak peek today of Overmountain Recovery Clinic. It looks like any other medical clinic but it's really like no other. It's the region's first comprehensive opioid addiction treatment facility. Leaders are stressing the approach will be heavy on health assessment and therapies other than methadone dispensing.

"This is obviously medicine-assisted treatment but the medicine dispensing is a very, very small portion," of treatment, said Lindy White, senior leader of the clinic.

It will have high security, including two full time guards. White said it's probably more than needed but they are sensitive to the concerns of surrounding residents who tried to fight the clinic, fearful of opioid treatment in their neighborhood.

The facility represents a $1.3 million dollar investment by Mountain States Health Alliance, Frontier Health and East Tennessee State University. It's expected to have its final inspection by state health regulators in the next several weeks and open soon after.

It will accept walk-ins and patients referred by doctors in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

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