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 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.
  • 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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Louisiana Has More Painkillers Than Total Residents

The abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids has been responsible for an unprecedented rise is loss of life due to overdose in recent years. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths from these substances tripled between 2000 and 2014, and deaths from opioid painkillers alone rose 9% in 2014. These statistics clearly indicate that the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid crisis, with cities like New Orleans grappling to respond to the growing strain of this epidemic.

Prescription painkillers are intended for short-term use to alleviate acute pain, and these medications are not to be administered for long-term, chronic pain scenarios due to their habit-forming properties. And while the number of prescriptions written for these types of drugs has begun to go down in recent years, clinicians are still being advised to consider the risks versus the benefits of prescribing painkillers for their patients.

More Pills than Patients

Some areas of the country have been hit harder than others by this devastating epidemic. In the state of Louisiana alone, the number of active prescriptions for painkillers exceeds the number of total residents in this state. This scenario has contributed to increased rates of addiction, death by overdose, and soaring insurance costs in Louisiana and other neighboring southeastern states. Clearly, Louisiana is paying a high price in response to mounting rates of opioid addiction, and communities throughout the state are suffering from the devastating effects of this form of chemical dependence.

New Legislation

As government officials, law enforcement agents, and public health officials have attempted to find ways to respond to this growing crisis, new legislation has been enacted to curb the amount of prescriptions that are being written for opioids. While these new regulations have garnered criticism from some patient groups, outcomes like Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) have allowed for the creation of databases to track how many prescriptions each person has at any given time. These databases prevent individuals from engaging in drug-seeking behaviors like doctor shopping in which one requests prescriptions from multiple doctors at the same time.

Sadly, at the same time that new programs and restrictions have begun to limit access to prescription painkillers, another unfortunate scenario has emerged. As opioid-dependent individuals have found themselves no longer able to obtain prescription drugs through doctors’ offices, they have been forced to look elsewhere for substances of abuse. This has resulted in men and women, who were once abusing prescription painkillers, turning to illicit drugs such as heroin to achieve the desired effects.