Vital Addictions Treatment Services
At Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Attend a Department of Public Health Hearing on the
Proposed Closure of a 15-Bed Alcohol & Detox Unit
When:Friday, February 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Where:Department of Public Health Council Room, 250 Washington St., Boston, MA
The Public Needs to Know:
• The Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital Alcohol and Detoxification program provides specialized care to more than 1,000 patients each year with serious alcohol and drug problems, and who often have other medical complications.
• There is a serious shortage of these types of addiction treatment beds and services in Massachusetts.
• The closing of this unit will result in more of these patients crowding our emergency departments, in patients being placed on hospital floors where they will not receive the same level of care, or worst of all, in patients left untreated.
• Partners HealthCare, which operates this program, posted more than $352 million in profits last year and can well afford to maintain this important service.
If you work in the addictions treatment field, or are concerned about maintaining safe and appropriate addictions treatment services in our state, we encourage you to attend the Department of Public Health hearing on February 15.
You can also call your legislator today at 617-722-2000 and ask them to support keeping the detox unit at
Faulkner hospital open! Not sure who your legislator is? Find out here: http://capwiz.com/massnurses.
To learn more about this issue follow to this link to a Boston Globe story about opposition to this closing: