Pubdate: Wed, 02 Oct 2002
Source: Oklahoman, The (OK)
Copyright: 2002 The Oklahoma Publishing Co.
Author:  Sheila K. Stogsdill
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)
Bookmark: (Treatment)


VINITA -- Oklahoma's escalating methamphetamine use and the demand for more 
female treatment beds were the catalysts for building a new residential 
treatment center in northeast Oklahoma, a hospital representative said 
Tuesday. "Besides methamphetamine use, the increasing overall drug use is a 
problem for our local communities," said Phillip Cummings, executive 
director of the Vinita Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program.

Oklahoma is ranked No. 3 in the nation for its methamphetamine problem 
after 1,193 labs were seized last year.

Cummings said the cost to build a treatment center and treat addicts is 
cheaper than providing no treatment. The state gets back $7 for each $1 
spent on treatment, he said.

Cummings said the new 52- bed residential drug and alcohol treatment center 
would be built on 40 acres next to Eastern State Hospital.

Construction should begin before the end of the year and be completed by 
2004, said Ben Brown, the state's deputy mental health commissioner for 
substance abuse services.

Funding for the $2.5 million dollar treatment center came from state bonds, 
Brown said.
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