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Bergen Regional Medical Center Seeks To Expand Detox Unit

Bergen Regional Medical Center.is seeking state approval to expand its detoxification unit by 10 beds in the wake of an epidemic of heroin overdoses.
Bergen Regional Medical Center.is seeking state approval to expand its detoxification unit by 10 beds in the wake of an epidemic of heroin overdoses. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Bergen Regional Medical Center wants state approval to add 10 beds to its alcohol and drug detoxification unit, NorthJersey.com reported.

The hospital informed county officials of the application less than a week after freeholders urged expanded services in response to a heroin-overdose epidemic throughout the region, NorthJersey.com reported.

The demand for detox services has been “steady but not overwhelming” this year, hospital officials said, with a waiting list of no longer than a week, NorthJersey.com reported. The availability of detox services has taken a higher profile in wake of the steady increase of heroin overdose deaths, the story said.

In Bergen County, the number of deaths jumped from an average of 26 for 2011-13 to 42 in 2014, NorthJersey.com said.

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