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The Healing Place receives unexpected money for expansion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say that the heroin problem across Kentucky is reaching a boiling point.

“Over the last three years, it has just exploded,” said president of The Healing Place, Karyn Hascal.

The Healing Place offers detox and rehabilitation services for addicts.

“We are so overcrowded everyday,” Hascal said. “We're turning away over 300 men a month who need our detox services.”

The Healing Place is currently in the midst of $24 million capitol improvement project that would more than double the amount of detox beds available. Currently it has 24.

So far, $6.7 million have been secured for that project. On the table is another $500,000 from Louisville Metro government. That was approved by the budget committee earlier this week and will be voted on by metro council next week.

“It was completely unexpected on our part,” said Hascal of the money. “We look at it as an aggressive move by city government. We have to do something to deal with this.”

“We've got to help these people that want help, so we need to help The Healing Place expand their detox beds,” said Budget Committee chairperson (D) Marianne Butler (D-15).

The Healing Place held its annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner on Friday night in the hope of raising more money for the project.

The hope is that all that money can put a big dent in getting addicts the help they need.

“We are getting tremendous support from the community, and that is specifically related to the epidemic,” Hascal added.

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