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Lincoln County DA asks PCH to include 15 alcohol detox beds in new hospital

New $57 million dollar hospital.  District Attorney and others want detox beds included.

New $57 million dollar hospital. District Attorney and others want detox beds included.

Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam and Lincoln County’s Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) have formally requested that Samaritan Health Services include 10 to 15 beds in its new $57 million hospital for alcohol and drug detox services.

In a letter to the Pacific Communities Health District Board, that monitors and advises¬† Samaritan’s medical services to the community, Branam said Lincoln County has a disproportionate percentage of residents with drug and alcohol problems and that they’re taking up a lot of law enforcement and hospital time.¬† Branam says the last detox facility closed several years ago leaving Newport and other communities without any services for drug and alcohol dependent residents or treatment programs to get them back on their feet.

Branam says without a dedicated detox program, the hospital’s Emergency Room is an option of last resort – a very expensive option which often requires the presence of law enforcement who are being pulled away from other pressing needs in the community.

 

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