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ERs are becoming costly destinations for mentally disturbed patients

Sep 5, 2011 10:30:20 PM- latimes.com
Budget cuts are creating added safety risks at hospitals and placing a burden on already crowded emergency rooms.

A man hearing voices walked into the emergency room of downtown's California Hospital Medical Center on a recent night and said he wanted to hurt somebody. Doctors gave him medication, put him in a hospital bed and called the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department.

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