NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - So far this year, at least 83 people have died from a drug overdose in Allen County alone.
Park Center is looking to build a residential treatment facility in new haven to help people overcome addiction.
It originally wanted to put the facility in a vacant office on Trier Road, but people who live nearby weren't happy about the proposal.
Now, it's looking at a vacant building on the edge of the town, the corner of Meyer Road and New Haven Avenue, across the street from the Fort Wayne - Allen County Department of Health.
"It's a great thing, not only for New Haven, but the community as a whole," said Emily Adkins, New Haven resident.
Adkins lives near the possible residential treatment center Park Center hopes to put in on the edge of New Haven.
It's first location for the 56 bed facility on Trier Road was met by opposition from people who live near there.
Park Center chose the new haven location because it is in an industrial area, farther away from homes.
Something Adkins doesn't understand.
"There's ex-convicts all over our neighborhoods," she said. "There are sex offenders all over. Why are people all of a sudden in an uproar about this facility coming in?"
The Three Rivers Ambulance Authority has responded to more than 1000 overdoses so far in 2017, which is more than double the same period last year.
However, those numbers don't reflect New Haven because they don't respond to those calls.
However, police chief Henry McKinnon said they are dealing the epidemic like everyone else.
"It effects a lot of things. It effects the safety of first responders, it effects families, it even effects property crimes," said McKinnon.
The residential treatment center would be an expansion to a pilot program already in place to help get people who are addicted to drugs get back on their feet.
People would be living at the facility for 30 days, and supervised all the time.
"Our hope is by working together with the court system, we can actually intervene and put people back on a path of sobriety and restore their life," said Paul Wilson, Park Center CEO.
Adkins is looking forward to having this facility to serve the community.
"We need to be able to help ourselves and help each other. Why not here?"
Park Center's residential center isn't a done deal yet, the New Haven property is just their favorite possible location.
Right now, the closest residential facility is in Indianapolis.
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