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Sheriff Frustrated Over Dry Funds For Drunk Tank

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Since the money for an Ada County drunk tank dried up in 2011, police have just two places to take a person to sober up: a jail cell or the emergency room.
    
Sheriff Gary Raney says neither is a good option. They are expensive, and in the case of the jail cell, inadequate for medical monitoring.
    
Raney tells the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/13I1n710 he is frustrated with the demands on his staff and lack of money available for community treatment.
    
The Allumbaugh House opened an 18-bed "sobering station" for up to 16 people in May 2010. Police or hospital staff brought overly intoxicated people to the facility for a six-to-eight-hour stay at the facility.
    
The facility closed the station in October 2011 to focus on its detoxification and mental health services.
    
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