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New Facility For Drug Addicts Could Become A Reality

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

There could soon be a new place for drug addicts looking for help in eastern Kentucky.

Floyd County officials say they are looking into the possibility of converting the old Prestonsburg Elementary School into a drug rehab and treatment center.

Officials with Prestonsburg's newest drug rehab center, Hope in the Mountains, were in Johnson County to accept a 600 dollar donation and the centers director talked about the need for more facilities with more beds in Floyd County.

“We don't have enough beds we keep them full. We've got a six month waiting list already,” Renee McCoy said.

Representative Greg Stumbo says the Floyd County School Board owns the old Prestonsburg Elementary School building but they are looking to sell it.

“It is going to be hopefully a project that we can get some funding for and put it together it is right middle of Prestonsburg where there are jobs for these people,” Stumbo said.

Stumbo says the money for the project would likely come from the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

That is good news for Renee McCoy, she says the more places for drug addicts to get help... the better.

Stumbo says he hopes the project moves forward soon.

Stumbo estimates there are 250 thousand Kentuckians with a drug problem but says he is confident those numbers would drop if there were more places people could go to get clean.


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