ECMC reacts to frustrations over addiction treatment

ECMC reacts to frustrations over addiction treatment


A 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS. BUT THANKFULLY, NO ONE WAS HURT. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY LOCAL HOSPITALS AREN’T DOING ENOUGH TO TREAT THEIR LOVED ONES BATTLING ADDICTION. NEWS 4’S CALLAN GRAY TALKED TO THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT AT E-C- M-C TO GET THEIR REACTION.. CALLAN? JACQUIE, DON– I SAT DOWN WITH THREE GRIEVING MOTHERS– EACH HAD A SIMILAR STORY THAT AFTER THEIR CHILD OVERDOSED.. AND WAS TAKEN TO E-C-M-C, THEY WERE EVALUATED AND SENT HOME THE SAME DAY. ONE MOTHER SAYS SHE THINKS IT SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR ANYONE WHO EXPERIENCES AND OVERDOSE TO DO DIRECTLY INTO TREATMENT. I TALKED TO THE CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE WHO– EXPLAINED.. THEY CAN’T FORCE ANYONE TO STAY AT THE HOSPITAL AS LONG AS THEY ARE STABLE AND NOT HARMING THEMSELF. HE SAYS EACH PATIENT IS EVALUATED AND — IF STABLE– OBSERVED FOR FOUR HOURS TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T FALL INTO A COMA OR STOP BREATHING– ESPECIALLY IF NARCAN WAS USED. THEN THEY ARE OFFERED COUNSELING FROM A SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR– AND EITHER ADMITTED TO THE IN-PATIENT PROGRAM THERE.. OR SET UP WITH AN APPOINTMENT WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS AT AN OUTPATIENT PROGRAM. ONE MOTHER– KATHRYN GILMORE SAYS HER 25 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER ARIELLE DID THE 28 DAY PROGRAM AT E-C-M-C.. AND THEN WAS REFERRED TO A HALFWAY HOUSE. SHE DIED FROM AN OVERDOSE WAITING TO GET IN THIS PAST MARCH. ((5- :17 THE FACILITY CANNOT TAKE THEM YET BECAUSE THEY’RE OVERCROWDED, THEY DON’T HAVE ROOM WHAT DO THEY DO IN THE MEANTIME WELL IN MY CASE YOU COME HOME AND YOU RELAPSE AND DIE SO THAT’S THE GAP THAT I PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED, THAT I SEE)) ((14- :24 WE ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND OPTIONS FOR FOLLOW UP WITHIN 24, 48 HOURS ON THIS CAPUS WE DON’T HAVE THAT ESTABLISHED YET WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY TO TREAT PATIENTS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWAL WITH MEDICATIONS THAT WILL MAKE THEIR WITHDRAWAL EVEN LESS SEVERE THAN WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY DOING SO HOPEFULLY THEY DON’T GO OUT AND JUST REUSE AGAIN)) DOCTOR MICHAEL MANKA SAYS THEY FEEL JUST AS FRUSTRATED AS PARENTS.. THERE ARE ONLY 18 DETOX BEDS AT E-C-M- C.. AND THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS SEEKING HELP HAS SKYROCKETED. COMING UP AT NEWS 4 AT 6– I’LL EXPLAIN JUST HOW MANY PATIENTS HAVE GONE TO E-C-M-C THIS MONTH SEEKING TREATMENT.. AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE SHOWS UP

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