LETTER TO THE EDITOR: These Questions Must Be Asked Regarding The Proposed Detox Center

Dear Editor,

There is a different world out there these days. Many of us grew up in a time when drug use was rare and engaged in by a small few. The number of drug users are now at alarming levels. Serious drug use was something that we heard of but didn’t see. We now have open drug use on the streets and see people sticking needles in their arms openly. I don’t remember ever seeing syringes with needles in them laying on the streets of any town let alone Wilmington.

When we read the statistics there is a very peculiar chart that that jumps out. This is the chart graph showing the strength of the drugs and how the strength has increased dramatically over the years. I will include a link for these astonishing numbers.


The questions that must be asked regarding the proposed 48 bed detox center for North Wilmington are:

  • Would it be fair to say that when 48 new patients a week come to the detox center they are probably at their highest level of toxicity or at least a very high level?
  • Would it be fair to say that 48 people having body fluids high in toxicity will be highly concentrated in a septic system?
  • Would it be fair to say that this detox center (that is not on a sewer system) will have toxic septic effluent deposited into the ground since a septic system is comprised of a leaching bed?
  • Would it be fair to say that there is a high ground water table in this area?
  • Would it be fair to say that highly concentrated toxic chemicals are a threat to our ground water, our aquifer, surrounding private water wells, and the water supply of downstream communities?
  • Would it be fair to say that there should be an exhaustive review of this situation by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the EPA?

Our townspeople and environment deserve to be protected regardless of who is on the Board of Selectmen. Let’s see if our town officials step up and get it done.


Kevin MacDonald

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