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Sheriff's Office seeks jail detox unit

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HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department is seeking nearly $1.5 million for a medical detox unit at the justice center.

Currently, the treatment for  inmates who are suffering from heroin withdrawal is ibuprofen and vitamins, said Major Charmaine McGuffey. 

"It helps, but it's not the cure," said McGuffey. "It's certainly not going to bring you through it any faster."

The sheriff's department wants to build a better solution, which includes a detox unit with 18 beds in order to treat inmates who are suffering from withdrawal. 

"Our concern is that we are acting responsible with our prisoners," continued McGuffey. "That we are able to help through a detox that could be medically dangerous for them." 

However, the facility will only treat women, stated officials. 

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, it would take five to seven days to complete the detox process in the new facility. Officials believe they could cycle more than 1,000 patients into the unit each year.

The new department would also help with peer counselors and the re-entry process when released from custody.

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