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Let’s find a way to keep detox open

Sharon Andersen

Dear Editor,

As reported in the Post Independent, representatives from Colorado West Regional Mental Health, area hospitals, valley municipalities, law enforcement and concerned citizens met on Dec. 10 to discuss the possible closure of the Detoxification Center operated by Colorado West. The center is located in Glenwood Springs but serves the entire region. As with many human services, there is simply more demand than funding available.

It is always difficult to decide who will bear the financial brunt of services, especially when budgets are tight. However, I found it very encouraging that, while no definitive solution was immediately forthcoming, at least the representatives realized that the Detoxification Center serves a real need in the community and were willing to at least talk about a funding solution. Terry Wilson brought the whole situation into perspective when he noted that detoxification services are not just a law enforcement problem nor Colorado West’s problem nor a hospital emergency room problem. The people needing help are members of our community and detoxification is a community problem. Only by recognizing that fact and working together as a community can we find a solution.

Thank-you to all those that attended that meeting. I appreciate your concerns, applaud your willingness to listen and encourage all to continue to work cooperatively to find a way to keep the detoxification services open for our community members that need them.

Sharon Andersen

Glenwood Springs

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