A formal planning application for permission to dispense drugs at a Motherwell surgery has been lodged with North Lanarkshire Council.
High street giant Boots wants to provide a service for drug addicts alongside the general facilities at Modyrvale Medical Centre in Toll Street.
Under its plans staff would supply heroin substitute methadone.
Boots intends to close the smaller of its two pharmacies in Windmillhill Street and set up shop in the health centre.
Earlier this year th firm teamed up with NHS Lanarkshire for a consultation on the proposal.
Boots would take over part of the surgery’s large waiting area where it would sell its usual range of products. It would also introduce the supervised supply and consumption of methadone and buprenorphine for heroin addicts.
In it application Boots pointed out that planning permission for a pharmacy within the Modyrvale surgery was granted as far back as 1997, but it never went ahead.
More on this story in this week’s Motherwell Times, out on Wednesday.