Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Pennsylvania Makes Headway with Medical Marijuana

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In April of 2016, the state of Pennsylvania authorized a medical marijuana program. Since then, much has been done to bring this service to people In Pennsylvania communities, including the formation of the Physicians Workgroup which was created to outline the guidelines and operation of the medical marijuana program.

Recently, the Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy, announced that the department is now accepting applications for growers and processors of marijuana so that they can receive permits for producing and distributing the drug. With this pivotal step being taken, those who require medical marijuana as part of their treatment for certain medical conditions will soon be able to get the care they need. Among the ailments that are authorized to be treated with medical marijuana, the following are those that people will be able to receive a prescription for after they have registered with the Department of Health:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Conditions with nerve tissue damage in the spinal cord
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe intractable pain
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Terminal illness in which one has less than 1 year to live if the illness continues

Provided patients are at least 18 years of age or older, have a doctor’s recommendation, and complete the required registration, medical marijuana will be accessible to individuals who need this form of care.

It is important to note that patients must adhere to the strict guidelines in place so as to remain compliant with the law allowing this type of treatment. This service will also only allow medical marijuana physicians to write prescriptions for marijuana, of which will only be administered in the form of a pill, oil, a cream, an ointment, or in a vapor form that can be used with a nebulizer. The law prohibits marijuana from being dispensed in its natural state as a plant to prevent patients from smoking the drug.

Even though dispensaries with permits are not administering marijuana that can be smoked, another issue this innovative program is bringing to the forefront of public attention is the potential for the abuse of marijuana. Given this fact, it is important for community members to be mindful of the warning signs of marijuana abuse so that proper effective care can be received. Those who regularly abuse marijuana, are unable to stop despite efforts to do so, and those who abuse this drug in potentially harmful situations are individuals who can benefit most from treatment.

Luckily, Pennsylvania has many substance abuse treatment centers that are equipped to assess and care for individuals who are grappling with a marijuana abuse problem. Therefore, if you or someone close to you is struggling with this sort of issue, it is a good idea to seek out and engage in a program before the detrimental effects of abusing marijuana begin to take hold.

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