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Council approves moratorium on substance abuse facilities

PARKERSBURG — The final reading of a moratorium on establishing new residential substance abuse treatment and recovery facilities was approved tonight by an 8-1 vote of Parkersburg City Council.

Multiple people spoke in opposition to the moratorium, while a representative of the ACLU of West Virginia said it would not survive legal challenges. Some spoke in favor of it, with one saying a petition in support of the measure had received 376 signatures.

The ordinance will not affect residential recovery facilities already open or in the process of opening, City Attorney Blaine Myers said. It will go into effect upon being signed by the mayor, which could happen as early as Wednesday.

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