- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - People with drug and alcohol addictions in East Baton Rouge Parish have a new place to go for detoxification.

The Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center is opening a second location, on South Foster Drive. Administrators hope the new center will gradually reduce the Florida Boulevard facility’s enormous wait list, which fluctuates around 500 people.

Lisa Bailey, the center’s director, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/14p4AP6 ) the detox center’s new home used to be a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic. Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center Inc. purchased the building for $1.6 million and spent about $700,000 renovating it.

In December, Baily says the detox center received its license from the state Department of Health and Hospitals to operate the new facility, paving the way for this week’s opening.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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