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Boston’s only public methadone clinic may shut

City would shift care from its methadone unit

Boston health officials are poised to close the city’s only public methadone clinic at a time when heroin overdoses, which methadone is used to combat, are rising dramatically across the state.

Shutting the clinic, which has offered methadone to opiate addicts for 40 years, would mean that hundreds of clients served every day at the Frontage Road site and at a separate counseling center in the South End would be treated by private providers, possibly as soon as July 1.

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