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Kauai County picks site for youth drug treatment center

By Associated Press


LIHUE >> Kauai officials have selected a site for youth drug treatment center.

The Garden Island reported Thursday that after years of discord over where to build an in-resident drug treatment center for youth, the county has decided on a Lihue neighborhood site behind Isenberg Park.

More than 300 community members attended a meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue. Some residents questioned the decision to put the center in a neighborhood instead of a remote location.

Gerald McKenna of the McKenna Recovery Center in Lihue says teenagers going through treatment need a community setting and not isolation.

County officials say it could be years before groundbreaking takes place. Now that a site has been identified the next steps include an environmental review and gathering public input.

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