Suit highlights the discomfort in the suburbs with addiction centers | National Associated Press news

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago-based addiction treatment center has filed a federal lawsuit to force a suburb to stop blocking its plans to set up a new treatment department. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the nonprofit Haymarket Center, alleged that Itasca’s refusal to establish a facility in a former hotel violates U.S. laws prohibiting discrimination against people recovering from an addiction. Communities across the country have also thwarted the opening of such facilities. Addiction lawyers say the resistance shows how everyone seems to recognize the need for treatment facilities amid the ongoing opioid crisis, but is reluctant to bring them into their neighborhood. Before filing the lawsuit, city officials denied that discrimination underpinned their opposition.

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