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 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.
  • 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

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Vicodin 101: Pros and Cons of Vicodin

America has fallen hard for Vicodin. It was love at first sight when Uncle Sam first laid eyes on Vicodin in 1978. Thirty-four years later, the infatuation still holds strong: With over 131 million prescriptions filled in 2011, Vicodin is the most popular drug in the nation.

The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but we consume 99% of the world’s hydrocodone, the active ingredient of Vicodin.

Why is Vicodin so Popular?

Two reasons: It works, and we can get it.

It works.

Vicodin is a very effective painkiller. As a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, Vicodin targets two pain mechanisms simultaneously.

Acetaminophen and hydrocodone also have a synergistic effect, which means the combined effects of these drugs are greater than the sum of their individual effects. If the effect of acetaminophen was rated 2 and hydrocodone was rated 3, their combined effect should equal 5. But since they have a synergistic effect, their combined effect actually is greater than 5.  (It is only here that you can you say that 2 + 3 = 6. Cool, huh?)

It is easily available.

Unlike OxyContin or morphine, Vicodin is a Schedule II opioid. This means it can be called in to the pharmacy and refilled.

Although the advantages are significant, Vicodin is not without its flaws–and dangers.

Why is Vicodin dangerous?

Vicodin is dangerous because it contains a lot of acetaminophen (which is bad for your liver) and because it carries a strong potential for abuse. The good news is that both of these can be avoided if an individual adheres to prescription instructions.

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is toxic for your liver, and acetaminophen-induced liver injury is potentially life threatening. A typical Vicodin pill contains 5 mg hydrocodone and 500 mg of acetaminophen. That’s a lot of acetaminophen. The daily dosage of acetaminophen should not exceed 4,000 mg.  Taking 1,000 mg (1 gram) of acetaminophen at one time could cause permanent liver damage if done regularly.

A person who drinks more than two alcoholic beverages should not take more than 2,000 mg, and a person taking any other medication with acetaminophen (Percocet, Tylenol), should take care that their daily dosage does not pass 4,000 mg.

Addiction

Hydrocodone is a powerful opioid that binds to opioid receptors in the brain. This produces pain relief and euphoria. Hydrocodone also affects the brain’s reward pathway, the pathway responsible for feelings of pleasure and well-being. However, long term use of hydrocodone alters the function of the reward pathway, until the brain completely relies on the opioid to produce even normal feelings of well-being. Though the euphoric effects are long gone, an addicted individual needs the drug simply to feel normal. Stopping results in extreme emotional lows as well as painful physical withdrawal effects.

Conclusion

In summary, Vicodin is extremely beneficial when used correctly. When taken as prescribed, Vicodin can effectively treat your pain and carry a low risk of addiction.