County nursing home weighs heroin addict plan

Share this article:

An Ohio county is evaluating whether 20 beds at its nursing home could be dedicated for heroin addicts during their withdrawal, according to local reports.

The Butler County Care Facility in Hamilton's plan would let non-violent addicts stay for three to seven days as they receive medication and counseling as they detox. It's believed Medicaid would reimburse the county for services, and would help what the Cincinnati Enquirer described as the county's “opiate epidemic.”

Two of the three county commissioners expressed concern over security. The county nursing home administrator is asking for an evening security guard and around $50,000 in upgrades to the building and security system. The county coroner also noted that the addicts would be heavily medicated and unlikely to be a threat.

Butler County is certified for 109 beds, and it has an overall above average ranking, according to Nursing Home Compare.

To read more, click here.

Share this article:

More in News

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in two years: Avalere

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in ...

More than three-quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries will be enrolled in a managed care plan as of 2016, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday. The numbers reveal that managed ...

Nursing home asked for employee's personal information too often, jury rules

The human resources department of a Maine nursing home did not properly protect a former employee's personal identification information, a jury recently ruled.

Test could confirm sepsis within an hour

Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by discoveries out of the University of British Columbia.