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Harrington Detox Center to Open Monday

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Staff members prepare for opening of Harrington Detox Center on Monday (Photo: WBOC) Staff members prepare for opening of Harrington Detox Center on Monday (Photo: WBOC)

HARRINGTON, Del.- It's a major step in the fight against addiction, according to anti-drug advocates. On Monday, a withdrawal management clinic will open on East Street in Harrington, through a partnership between the Department of Health and Social Services, and Connections Community Support Programs, Inc

"We've been looking forward to this day," said Daphne Chaniz-Rico, the health services administrator at the clinic. "And as everything is coming together, we're working hard and we're excited to open up and meet a need in our community." 

The facility includes 16 beds for "clinically managed and medically monitored detoxification." There will also be 12 23-hour slots available for the "stabilization and observation" of a patient, facing less intensive treatment. Lastly the facility will offer a 30-day out-patient service, for those who successfully completed the detoxification. 

The cost of the additional services are estimated to be approximately $1.7 million from the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Chaniz-Rico said that it was worth every penny, because it could literally save lives. 

"There is a huge need," she said. "And individuals in our community are looking for help. And we're able to provide services for it."

In 2014, there were 185 suspected overdose deaths in the state, according to DDHS. Through July of this year, the Medical Examiner's Office reported 110 suspected overdose deaths. 

In the neighborhoods around the facility, neighbors have voiced some concerns about the project. 

"My concern is like many of my neighbors," said one man who didn't give his name. "As a homeowner in this area - is what are the impacts that this will have on my neighborhood? And to raising a family here."

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