A man says he was assaulted late last month after he attempted to photograph drug dealers outside a First Hill convenience store. Meanwhile, a member of the neighborhood’s improvement association says problems associated with a First Hill methadone clinic have gotten out of hand.
According to the Seattle Police report on the Tuesday, November 29th assault, a man received a laceration after an alleged drug dealer he had been attempting to photograph flipped the victim’s bag of groceries onto his head:
He stated that that one of the subjects became agitated and told not to take pictures of him. refused and continued to photograph. stated that the subject then approached him,slapped his grocery sack and flipping it into his head. The sack, which contained a (presumably) glass bottle, smacked him in the head causing a laceration. I could see a small amount of blood coming from forehead.
The victim was able to provide police a detailed description of his attacker and the two men who were with him. He declined medical attention for his injury.
The report notes that the victim did not indicate what he was going to do with the photographs. The victim told police he was fed up with drug activity and the city’s “inability to combat the problem.”
Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspects.
Meanwhile, the drug problems around Madison’s Therapeutic Health Services have a member of the First Hill Improvement Association calling it a “supermarket for Oxycontin and ecstasy” —
First Hill’s Therapeutic Health Services is a drug treatment facility that helps painkiller and heroin addicts get clean using a synthetic opioid called methadone.
Because the clinic is located on a street corner, it technically has two addresses. That fluke allowed the clinic’s director to apply for — and receive — two licenses that have doubled the clinic’s clients.
“They have 1,000 clients coming each day,” said Jim Erickson of the First Hill Improvement Association. “State law says 350 is the limit.”
We’ll have more on Therapeutic Health Services and the limited alternatives its clients have soon.