Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Life Center of Galax 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 Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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

Grayson & Carroll Counties in Virginia are Designated as Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

In light of the growing problem of drug abuse in Virginia and across the nation, communities are in desperate need of additional resources to fight this deadly epidemic. As the number of individuals who are trafficking and/or abusing these substances increases, more and more families and localities are dealing with the seemingly endless damage that addiction is known to cause.

It has been found that some areas have been hit harder by this epidemic than others. Grayson and Carroll Counties in Virginia are two areas that have seen more than their fair share of the harm that accompanies an increase in the amount of drug trafficking on the local level. As such, these counties have been designated as Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).

While this label may sound disheartening for residents in these areas, it ultimately means that more help will be available from sources outside the counties themselves. Rather than being viewed as a negative label, this classification will ultimately “enhance the ability of federal, state, and local authorities to coordinate drug enforcement operations and improve public health and safety,” said National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli.

More Resources to Combat Drug Abuse

When an area is identified as an HIDTA, the locality benefits from access to additional state and federal resources to help combat drug abuse. According to U.S. Senator Mark Warner, “too many families throughout the Commonwealth (of Virginia) are suffering from the devastating epidemic of addictive and deadly drugs. It’s incredibly important that we stop the flow of drugs to communities in Virginia.”

Warner went on to state, “I’m pleased that Carroll and Grayson counties have been chosen to receive federal dollars to strengthen community-based efforts to prevent drug use and overdose deaths, expand access to treat those who need it, and support Virginians in recovery. There are more counties in Virginia that are in desperate need of additional resources to fight this epidemic, and I will to continue to work with ONDCP to ensure those needs are met.”

State-Wide Efforts

So what can communities who receive an HIDTA classification expect to see when it comes to drug abuse prevention efforts and programming? Law enforcement officialise in these areas begin by assessing the current drug-trafficking issues, and then they design specific plans to decrease the production, transportation, distribution, and chronic abuse of drugs within their jurisdictions.

And while there are areas of Virginia that have been hit especially hard by the opioid abuse epidemic, Appalachia has, on the whole, been more deeply affected than other parts of the nation. The other Appalachian counties added to the HIDTA designation include:

  • Blount County, Tennessee
  • Carroll County, Virginia
  • Grayson County, Virginia
  • Broome County, New York

There is hope that, combined with opioid treatment centers in the area, the increased support these communities will receive in light of their HIDTA classifications will result in new efforts to combat the deadly cycle of opioid and other drug abuse, and will help increase the health of these locations.

My son was struggling with figuring out what path he was meant to be on for life. He was unmotivated and discouraged. The program at the Life Center of Galax taught him the life skills needed to be productive. His self-esteem has soared!

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