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

New Prescribing Guidelines to Combat Opioid & Benzo Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Issues Prescribing Guidelines in Effort to Curb Opioid, Benzo Overdose Deaths

Opioids and benzodiazepines are two of the most commonly prescribed types of medications in the United States. They are also two of the most dangerous, especially when a person is taking a medication from each category at the same time. To curb the risk of abuse, overdose, and death, the state of Pennsylvania recently issued a set of 14 guidelinesfor doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers who are authorized to prescribe these drugs.

“These new guidelines mark another step in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis said in the Dec. 8, 2016 news release that announced the recommendations. “Any combination of medications – but particularly benzodiazepines – is particularly dangerous when used with opioids. We must take responsible steps, such as providing these guidelines, to prevent more overdoses.”

About the Drugs

Benzodiazepines, which are commonly referred to as benzos, have sedative effects and are often prescribed to treat symptoms related to anxiety and panic. Popular brand-name prescription medications that contain benzos include Valium (which contains the benzodiazepine diazepam), Xanax (which contains alprazolam), and Ativan (which contains lorazepam).

Opioids are typically prescribed to treat individuals who have been suffering from moderate to severe physical pain. Commonly prescribed painkillers that contain opioids include OxyContin (which contains the opioid oxycodone) and Vicodin (which contains hydrocodone).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has reported that from 2002 to 2015, the annual number of overdose deaths in the United States that involved benzodiazepines increased by about 430 percent. The annual number of overdose deaths that involved a prescription opioid increased by about 190 percent between 2002 and 2011, then leveled off for the next four years, the NIDA reported.

The document that contains Pennsylvania’s new guidelines for prescribing benzodiazepines also includes the following statistics about the scope of the problem:

  • Pennsylvania averages 46 prescriptions for benzodiazepines per 100 adults; only 11 states report a higher frequency of benzodiazepine prescriptions than Pennsylvania.
  • From 1996 to 2013, overdose deaths in Pennsylvania that involved benzodiazepines increased by more than 500 percent.
  • In 2004, 18 percent of people who died from an opioid overdose also had a benzodiazepine in their system. By 2011 that rate had risen to 31 percent.

According to a report that was issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Monroe County, Pennsylvania averaged 27.64 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 residents in 2015. Only 19 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties averaged more annual overdose deaths than Monroe County did. Both the state as a whole and Monroe County individually were far ahead of the national rate of 14.7 overdose deaths per 100,000 U.S. residents.

Getting Help in Monroe County

For individuals in Monroe County and throughout Pennsylvania who have been struggling with opioid abuse and/or benzodiazepine abuse, comprehensive care at a residential treatment center may provide them with the best opportunity to overcome the self-defeating compulsion to abuse these dangerous drugs, and can help them to establish a solid foothold in early recovery.

Opioid and benzodiazepine addictions can be extremely difficult to overcome on one’s own. However, with professional help, which can include medically monitored detox to ensure safety and increased comfort during the withdrawal period, a person can successfully end his or her dependence upon opioids and benzos, and learn to make the lifestyle changes that will support the pursuit of a healthier and more satisfying future.

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