Week-Old "Detox Unit" in Broward Jail Failed to Stop Pill Abuser From Hanging Himself
Update: A representative for Armor has clarified that the press release quoted below was not issued in response to our previous story, but was written back in August "to highlight the positive trend in Broward County Jail's successful detox program."
In 2010, pain clinics in Broward outnumbered well-known franchises within the county including 71 McDonald's, 21 Walmarts and 47 Starbucks. Detoxing inmates are at greater risk for erratic and suicidal behavior and in response Armor Correctional Health Services, a Miami-based company that provides comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services exclusively for patients in jails and prisons and the current health-care provider for the Broward and Palm Beach County jails, opened a "Detox Unit" in the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail on June 22, 2010.
"Inmates in the [detox unit] are assessed for suicide potential prior to being released into the general inmate population. Once released to the general population within the jail system, the patient is followed up by both medical and mental health services to ensure they are clinically stable to function in their new housing unit," states Armor Regional Vice President Karen Davies.
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