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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Detox unit closing plan draws opposition

More than 40 speakers including a representative of Mayor Thomas Menino, state lawmakers, a city councilor, and medical professionals came out in force at a public hearing Friday to oppose the planned closure of a 15-bed detox unit at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

Some of the most compelling testimony came from recovering drug addicts and alcoholics — men and women of all ages and from many walks of life — who talked about how the specialized unit turned around a bleak chapter of their life.

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