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Methadone Clinic to Open Early Next Year with Sole Owner

Dr. Gary Shearer will no longer be part of the methadone clinic slated to open in Covington early next year at 1717 Madison Avenue, former site of the Save-a-Lot Grocery. Shearer's former business partner, Ron Washington, issued a news release Wednesday afternoon indicating that he had purchased all of Shearer's rights to the clinic.

Shearer's Florence office was raided in April and the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure suspended his license in late Septmeber after determining that fifteen patients had died of overdoses while in the doctor's care. Shearer's lawyer, Covington attorney Bob Sanders, said at a court appearance last month that Shearer is not culpable in the deaths because those patients did not follow proper directions.

The clinic has had its own battles to fight, winning in court at the county and federal level against the City of Covington which had fought its opening. In June, the City Commission voted to approve the payment of $150,000 to the owners of the clinic after the city lost a lawsuit.

Washington's release read, "NKY Med Clinic is an addiction treatment facility that treats opioid addiction with family and individual counseling, Methadone and Suboxone medicines, and group support. Following the sale, the clinic will be owned by Washington, the former Chief Deputy Sheriff for Kenton County. Washington also will continue to serve as managing partner for the clinic. The clinic is now scheduled to open in early 2013 at 1717 Madison Avenue, Covington,Kentucky in the former Save-A-Lot grocery store. NKY Med Clinic eagerly looks forward to serving the Northern Kentucky community, which has been experiencing an epidemic of opiate abuse."

PHOTO: Location of methadone clinic in Covington, set to open next year/RCN file