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 Mount Regis 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 Mount Regis 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.

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Aggressive Marketing of Painkillers by Pharma Companies Leads to Abuse & Deaths

Salem: 6/12/14 – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between the years 2000 and 2010, the number of new prescription painkiller users increased by 104 percent, with more than 12 million people reporting their abuse. That same year in the United States, the CDC found that nearly two million people reported the abuse of prescription narcotics, such as Vicodin or OxyContin, for the first time in what the (CDC) is now calling a national public epidemic.

“Recognizing you have a problem is the first step toward recovery,” stated Heidi A. Taylor, LPC, a substance abuse counselor at Mount Regis Center, located in Salem, Virginia. “The next step is asking for help.”

The CDC states that in 2008, there were nearly 15,000 deaths caused by prescription painkiller overdose. The number of deaths from overdose of prescription painkillers is now greater than those from heroin, cocaine, motor vehicle accidents, and suicides combined. Major ground is being broken in California where the pharmaceutical companies are being accused of using aggressive marketing to push prescription drug use by doctors.

Two counties in California – Orange and Santa Clara – allege in a lawsuit filed on May 21, 2014, that five of the major pharmaceutical companies are largely responsible for this nationwide epidemic. The lawsuit states that, 20 years ago, these pharmaceutical companies set out to aggressively market these drugs to both physicians and consumers by downplaying the risks for addiction and other side effects. This campaign allegedly employed deceptive marketing strategies that set about to reverse the ways in which the medical community and patients understood opiates in order to increase profits.

For each death caused by prescription painkillers, there were ten admissions to drug rehabs, 32 visits to the emergency department, 130 people who developed addictions, and 825 people abusing narcotics. The question still remains: who is to blame for this upsurge of prescription painkiller abuse?
There has also been a resurgence of heroin use, which is often cheaper on the street than prescription painkillers and turned to when prescriptions run dry. There are reports of an increase in crime associated with painkiller abuse, and emergency departments across the U.S. are being overwhelmed by the number of visits associated with prescription painkiller misuse.

About Mount Regis Center: Mount Regis Center is a community-focused center, providing inpatient, residential and detox treatment programs, located in Salem, Virginia. As a leader in addiction treatment, our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for men and women, who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Each patient receives individualized care in a safe, comfortable environment, while working towards recovery. For more information on the drugs we treat and programs offered, visit /heroin.