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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 6:22 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage detoxification center has reopened after suspending service in August following a state audit that put the center's nurse staffing in question.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/w8eYlM ) says licensed practical nurses at the Ernie Turner Center had assessed addicts getting help with alcohol- and drug- withdrawal symptoms, but after the audit, the state nursing board said the LPNs were exceeding the level of care their licenses allow.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council runs the 12-bed center, which increased its staffing of more extensively trained registered nurses.

Kristin English, the center's operations director, says the nursing increase was made at an additional cost of more than $100,000 annually. She says the center is waiting to hear if the state will increase funding to cover the cost.

The center reopened last week.

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