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 Acadiana Treatment 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 Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • 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

Fentanyl Abuse and Overdose Is Overtaking New Orleans

A drug touted as 10 times more powerful than heroin, the synthetic opioid Fentanyl has become a widely abused substance in many areas across the United States in recent years. New Orleans is one locale that has been hit especially hard by this growing epidemic, with the Orleans parish coroner reporting that during the first half of 2016, there were more heroin and fentanyl-related deaths than homicides in his jurisdiction. This staggering statistic signals a sharp rise in opioid abuse in New Orleans that can be seen mirrored in many communities nationwide.

Fentanyl is not a new drug, rather, it has been used since the 1960s for treating severe pain from certain medical conditions, such as cancer. And like other opioids, Fentanyl acts as a respiratory depressant that can slow one’s heartrate to a fatal level almost immediately. This dangerous substance is often cut with heroin, creating a combination of toxins that have left paramedics and other emergency response personnel grappling to save lives within a very short window of time.

Why New Orleans

As the death toll from Fentanyl abuse continues to rise, many New Orleans residents are left to wonder about the cause of this dangerous trend. To better understand the source of this substance, local law enforcement officials are busy delving into ways that Fentanyl is reaching New Orleans and other parts of the Southeast in such large quantities. So far, two countries have been named, with Andy Large, assistant special agent-in-charge of the DEA, citing Mexico and China as two predominant sources.

This rise in Fentanyl use has also been caused by the sheer ease of access and availability due to the way in which it is produced. Because it is a synthetic substance, Fentanyl does not require the same time and resources that are required to grow plant-derived drugs like marijuana. Instead, Fentanyl is created in a lab setting that allows for a quick and inexpensive means of production. Additionally, the internet has allowed individuals who are seeking Fentanyl to purchase the drug online directly from the cartels who are distributing it.

Responding to the Crisis

The Fentanyl epidemic has changed the rules for the war on drugs in recent years. Public health agents, law enforcement officials, and emergency personnel have all struggled to respond as this crisis continues to expand. To keep up with demand, resources have been diverted into raising public awareness of the acute dangers of Fentanyl, especially in regard to the mislabeling of certain substances. Further, many emergency responders are now carrying large amounts of naloxone, which is used to reverse the life-threatening respiratory suppression that Fentanyl is known to cause.