Detox beds are so scarce in Massachusetts that women are being treated for heroin addiction at a prison hospital at Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham.
They are addicts and alcoholics who have been involuntarily committed for detox treatment after a civil court determination that they pose a danger to themselves or others because of their disease. Fifteen civilly committed women are being detoxed at the prison, including an 18-year-old, said Department of Correction spokeswoman Kelly Nantel.
MCI-Framingham, Massachusetts, 1993
And it's not just the women. The state has drastically slashed the number of rehabilitation beds for addicts in Boston from 310 to 190. Statewide, the number of beds has dropped from 950 to 500. Men who cannot get a detox bed are committed to MCI-Bridgewater, officials said, but there are more beds available for men than women.