Sobering center open near the French Quarter

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November 10, 2019 - 11:31 am

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New Orleans now has a 25-bed facility where people found seriously drunk in public can sober up under the care of trained staffers.
  
The City Council voted to authorize police to take people to the Sobering Center, which is near the French Quarter.
  
Emergency Medical Services has been doing so since October, and the center has been open for nearly two months.
  
At a ribbon-cutting, EMS director Dr. Emily Nichols said it takes about 13 minutes to get someone under care there, while hospitals can take up to an hour. She says it frees hospital beds for people with other needs.
  
A city news release says Odyssey House Louisiana runs the center, which also provides support for people who need additional long- or short-term help. 

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