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Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission present rehab budget

A funding issue affecting treatment for thousands of drug addicts in Lancaster County is being addressed. The Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission pre...

A funding issue affecting treatment for thousands of drug addicts in Lancaster County is being addressed.

The Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission presented its rehab budget on Wednesday at the County Government Center. The county ran through its budget for in-patient treatment just five months into its fiscal year. Officials say this is a result of an increase in patients.

"We saw the shortage coming, this is not new to us," Lancaster County D&A Commission Executive Director Rick Kastner said,  "We always run out of residential  drug and alcohol rehab funding. What really took us by surprise is how quickly we ran out of the funding mainly because we`re trying to serve heroin addicts that need more intense residential treatment programming."

The commission is proposing new sources of revenue and working on getting grants to help with funding.

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