Heroin treatment facility expanding to meet need

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville facility that treats drug addicts says it is planning a major expansion to meet a growing need due to the heroin epidemic.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/VHUQdM) reports The Healing Place was announcing on Friday plans to spend $20 million over two years to nearly double the size of its facility for men.

Plans call for increasing the number of detox beds from 24 to at least 50 and the long-term recovery beds from 250 to 426. The expansion is driven mostly by the heroin epidemic, according to officials.

Karyn Hascal, who is head of the nonprofit organization, told the newspaper that heroin addicts have "overwhelmed" the facility. She says they account for about 90 percent of clients in detox and up to 70 percent of those in recovery.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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