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

Free Drug Kits Helping to Curb the Opioid Epidemic in Virginia

Mark Herring, the Virginia Attorney General, is working to combat the growing problem of opioid abuse in his state. Virginia, like many other areas in the United States, is currently facing an influx of prescription drug dependence that is leaving law makers, medical professionals, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel looking for ways to help curb this dangerous habit.

Communities across Virginia are suffering from the heartbreaking aftermath of drug abuse, and a recent report filed by Herring’s office shed some light on just how many Virginians have lost their lives in recent years as the result of opioid addiction:

  • Prescription opioid overdose deaths have risen 44% between 2007 and 2015, from 399 deaths to 576.
  • Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than 600% between 2010 and 2015, from 48 to 342.
  • Fentanyl deaths have risen 367% from 2007 to 2015, from 48 to 224.
  • More than 500 people went to a Virginia emergency room for a heroin overdose in the first four months of 2016, a 250% increase over 2015.

In Search of Solutions

In light of the staggering statistics above, new measures are being taken to limit access to prescription drugs in Virginia, starting with what is in the medicine cabinet. To that end, Herring has recently secured funding to implement a new method of disposing of unused or unwanted prescription drugs throughout his state.

As of November of 2016, Virginians will be able to pick up free drug deactivation kits in many areas throughout the state. For example, residents of Galax County can access kits at Galax County Twin County Prevention Coalition, or Galax City Health Department. These free kits are designed to allow individuals to safely and easily dispose of medications that could otherwise wind up in the water supply or in the wrong hands.

Why Deactivate?

While it was once commonplace to flush old medications down the toilet or wash them down the drain, this practice has shown to have a damaging environmental effect on the water supply. And tossing unwanted prescriptions into the trash can prove deadly if children happen upon them, or if addicted individuals find them. But by deactivating these drugs with a kit, the medications can be rendered ineffective and safely disposed of.

A Multifaceted Approach

Research has shown that there is a strong relationship between the abuse of prescription painkillers and developing an addiction to other substances of abuse later in life. In fact, many individuals who have been lawfully prescribed certain medications by their doctors have gone on to develop a dependence on these substances due to their habit-forming properties. But by limiting the amount of excess prescription medications in the home, it is thought that drug deactivation kits can have a positive impact on the opioid crisis Virginia is currently facing.

The availability of free deactivation kits in Virginia is but one aspect of the comprehensive plan that is needed to stop the rising death toll from opioid addiction in the state. Additionally, the public needs access to quality, preventative education that will inform them of the perils of prescription drug abuse, and young people in particular need access to this life-saving information. Also, opioid treatment centers throughout the state can play a role in the recovery process by providing the services and supports that opioid-dependent individuals need to overcome their battles with addiction.

Everyone was very friendly and always helpful during my stay which made treatment so much easier to go through.

– Chelsea
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