REMARK EMAIL MORE The end appears to be in sight for a prolonged and often heated procedure to open a drug rehab facility in Winchester for addicted women and their children.But it’s not actually the end.

It’s a beginning for the females and kids who will use the facility to obtain off drugs and reclaim their lives. A possibility for moms to act like mothers for their children.Monday night, Winchester City Council ended months-long debate and took the challenging step to acquire belongings of a church-owned structure and convert it into a 23-bed rehabilitation facility. Volunteers of America Indiana will operate the”Winchester House.”MORE FROM JEFF WARD: First proposed in February, the project had to wind its

way through settlements and financing options, and the city administration heard issues from people living near the project who did not( and still do not )desire it in their neighborhood.Those issues stand. Whether they are genuine will be figured out after the facility opens, which might happen in late spring. The city should purchase the building for $150,000 from Compass Church at 313 S. Meridian St., then have it remodeled to make it appropriate for its rehabilitation purpose.One audience member, who opposes the job, told the council Winchester would still have a drug issue after the facility opens.That’s true.But we need to

start someplace. Drug treatment centers are scarce in this state, and this one will barely make a damage in the total issue. It’s a cliche, but the secret

to solving the

issue is avoidance. Do not begin on the things. Jailing drug users is not the answer. They’ll just utilize again upon their release. Going after drug dealerships will help, but it appears for each arrest, at least one more takes their place.

Making opioids more difficult to get drives those addicted to unlawful drugs such as heroin.< aside itemprop=associatedMedia itemscope itemtype = > Columnist Jeff Ward (Photo: The Star Press)For those who are addicted and desire

treatment, the Winchester House is a needed alternative for ladies in East Central Indiana. This is a chance to turn words into deeds, with Winchester serving

as a design for other rehab efforts throughout the state. This demonstrates that even small cities can take the lead and do something about the drug problem.Gov. Eric Holcomb stated much the exact same thing when he went to Winchester last February to see the possible brand-new center and consult with city leaders. “It actually could be a design for a lot of places around the state.

… I believe Winchester and Randolph County have a lot to deal(with this program)to not just the region, but the state,”Holcomb said in February.

“It can be the difference-maker in somebody’s life. “Certainly it can be.Then there’s this to consider: If the guv states a job is a great idea, it indicates he wishes to see it happen. It will happen.With the city of Winchester playing an active function

in the facility, sort of

like a proprietor, there is built-in accountability that may be doing not have if the structure wound up in private hands. Or not used at all.Also on Monday, the council

voted to develop an oversight committee for the project. Council member Tom Sells said the committee will also help make sure transparency and cohesiveness.There’s likewise the bonus offer of funds the city pays toward a loan related to the home can enter into an account called WINGS,”inviting Indiana’s next generation.”Those funds will be administered by the Community Structure of Randolph County and reinvested in the city. Economic development income tax

funds will be utilized for some of the job, hence not affecting the total tax burden.VOA agents said 20-25 people would be worked with to staff the center, jobs with possibly high earnings.That’s all great, but the genuine function of the Winchester Home is to assist individuals. That wasn’t lost on council member Leesa Pal who made an impassioned plea for the job.”We need to be humane,” she said.Council members were best to ask great deals of concerns and to insist on a bargain for the citizens by not rushing into the job. I think they were effective. And it will be a great deal for the ladies and their kids who need this facility.There’s much talk among federal government officials about quality of location and quality of life. I think a paved street, a brand-new pathway or a bike path includes to quality of place. Those things are very important.

But a drug rehabilitation facility contributes to quality of life, not simply for those receiving treatment, however the city as a whole. It sends a message that the people who live here

are compassionate and caring of their neighbors.The Winchester House won’t make much of a damage in the overall drug problem, but it’s a start.City officials ought to be lauded for taking this brave step.Jeff Ward is a news columnist and viewpoint page editor for The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5850 or [email protected]!.?.!. COMMENT EMAIL MORE Check out or Share this story: