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 Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab 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 Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab.

  • 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

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Prescription Pill Abuse in Sacramento County

Heroin. Morphine. OxyContin. Vicodin. Mention the term “dangerous opioids” to most people, and these four substances are likely to be the first drugs that come to mind.

Talk about dangerous opioids with someone in the Sacramento area, and it’s increasingly likely that he or she will add another drug to that list: Fentanyl.

A extremely powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl is commonly employed in medical situations as an anesthetic or to provide relief to individuals who are experiencing intense pain that cannot be controlled by morphine. In clinical settings, fentanyl is typically administered intravenously or via a controlled-release transdermal patch. As befits a drug that is exponentially more powerful than morphine, fentanyl’s use in clinical environments is always closely monitored.

Unfortunately, fentanyl is also abused for recreational purposes. Obviously, recreational fentanyl abusers cannot and do not monitor the safety of those who use this drug. And, as individuals in Sacramento and the surrounding areas recently learned, the dangers of fentanyl use are far from overrated.

On March 29, 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported that 28 individuals in the area had overdosed on fentanyl in the previous six days, and that six of those overdoses had been fatal. On April 6, the Bee issued an update to its initial reporting, putting the overdose total at 48 cases, including six between April 4 and April 6, with 10 fatalities. The ages of those who had overdosed on fentanyl ranged from 16 to 67, with an even split between men and women.

The Sacramento area is not the first to experience a spate of overdoses or deaths related to fentanyl abuse. For example, the number of annual fentanyl –related deaths in Los Angeles County jumped from 40 in 2013 to 62 in 2014. Evidencing the international nature of this problem, during the first three months of 2015, 16 members of the Blood First Nations Tribe in Alberta, Canada, died as a result of fentanyl overdose, and experts estimated that about 300 of the 10,000 tribe members were addicted to the drug.

On the same day that the Sacramento Bee published its first report on the area’s fentanyl epidemic, the U.S. government announced the latest in a series of initiatives designed to combat the abuse of fentanyl and other opioids. Following a February 2016 proposal by U.S. President Barack Obama to devote an additional $1.1 billion to the anti-opioid effort, the March 29 announcement included the following points:

  • Expanding access to medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence
  • Doubling the number of physicians in the U.S. who are approved to prescribe methadone and buprenorphine (two of the most effective medications used in the treatment of opioid abuse)
  • Increasing access to naloxone, a medication that, if given in time, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose
  • Setting up a national Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force
  • Establishing more effective partnerships between public health and public safety organizations to fight opioid abuse

While the recent fentanyl overdose epidemic brought renewed attention to the dangers of opioid abuse, this pervasive problem has been wreaking devastation on individuals, families, and communities for decades, and has become worse in recent years:

  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) notes that the rate of overdose deaths related to prescription painkiller abuse increased by 400 percent between 1999 and 2009.
  • Over the same time period, the rate of admissions to treatment by individuals who had been abusing prescription painkillers increased by nearly 600 percent, ASAM reported.
  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the annual rate of heroin overdose deaths increased by 286 percent between 2002 and 2013.

If you or someone that you care about has been abusing or has become dependent upon fentanyl, heroin, prescription painkillers, or other opioids, the time to act is now. Treatment works, and recovery is possible – but the risks of continuing this behavior without receiving effective care are monumental.  To learn more, contact Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you to make the most informed decision for yourself or for someone you care about.