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Published November 11, 2012, 02:38 PM

Agency gave Duluth methadone clinic high marks

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Three months before the state recommended a methadone clinic in Duluth be shut down, the agency that accredits the clinic gave it high marks.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Three months before the state recommended a methadone clinic in Duluth be shut down, the agency that accredits the clinic gave it high marks.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Sunday that the nonprofit Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities found during its inspection that the Lake Superior Treatment Center met or exceeded standards for methadone clinics in many areas.

But investigators with the Minnesota Department of Human Services found 56 standards violations during an August inspection.

Department of Human Services inspector general Jerry Kerber says some of the "strengths" listed by the accreditation agency are inconsistent with the state's findings.

A spokesman for CARF declined to comment to the Duluth News Tribune. The office was closed Sunday and a message left by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

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