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Closure of Faulkner detox unit opposed

Kitty Dukakis says addicts need its help

Kitty Dukakis, the state’s former first lady who has spoken openly about her struggles with addiction and depression, has joined a grass-roots effort to stop Partners HealthCare from closing a 15-bed drug and alcohol detoxification unit at its Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston.

Many staff members and former patients say they are devastated by news that the unit that last year treated some 1,000 hospitalized patients is slated to close in mid-April, especially when they say the state has a shortage of inpatient detox beds.

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