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April 29, 2013

Hospital considers detox program

Program would help with alcohol, opiate addictions.

Logansport Memorial Hospital is considering a three-day detox program for patients trying to break alcohol and drug addictions.

CEO Dave Ameen said the hospital is working with a company to implement a program designed to help people after they quit drinking or taking opiate drugs like narcotics and painkillers. Ameen said the hospital is still early in the process of deciding whether it’ll go forward with the program.

It would be open seven days a week. Patients will be asked to do a phone evaluation before checking into the hospital, Ameen said.

“It’s to get what’s in their systems out of their systems,” Ameen said.

However, patients would have to go to another facility to enroll in rehab.

Ameen said the hospital is looking into the program because “there’s a need in the community.”

In the past, physicians would help patients with acute detox, but Ameen said this would be a more formalized program.

This could also help the hospital boost its patient numbers, he said.

Ameen said hospital officials still need to meet with the company and also talk to their medical staff before making a final decision.

If they do go through with it, Ameen said it could be starting in a few months.

“I’d say we’re still 60 to 90 days away from opening it up,” Ameen said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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