Plans for a detox center in the works

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LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A local center to address drug addiction such as opioids is getting one step closer to become a reality.

During a drug and alcohol commission meeting, one of the topics discussed was the continuation of developing a detox center in order to properly diagnose someone who is going through substance abuse.

The next step in the project, which is now a combined effort by the city and Webb County is to find someone to prepare a conceptual design to remodel the building that is being chosen for the center.

Dr. Hector Gonzalez with the health department says the next step is to hire psychiatrists, nurses, aids, security and maintenance workers.

This was the first meeting where five new members representing Webb County were present.