While heroin epidemic rages, Bain seeks profit in drug treatment centers

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The clinic parking lot is jammed on a Monday morning at 10:30. Inside the bustling waiting room, patients talk to staff and wait their turn at the medicine window. A young blond woman fights off sleep, slumping against a suitcase.

Everyone is here for the same reason: to get a dose of methadone.

Clinics like this one on Topeka Street can be lifesavers for addicts trying to kick heroin or other opiates. Reports of drug overdoses and deaths are on the rise as cheap and potent heroin — sometimes laced with the pain medication fentanyl — floods the market. Governor Deval Patrick has declared it a public health emergency. Substance abuse counselors call it a crisis.

For Bain Capital, it’s also a potential profit opportunity.

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