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Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Mirror Lake Recovery 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 Mirror Lake Recovery 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

Count It, Lock It, Drop It Initiative Makes Waves In Middle Tennessee Counties

The nationwide problem of prescription drug abuse has been on a steady rise, impacting individuals and families throughout Tennessee and the rest of the United States. As a result, communities across the country are taking steps to try and put an end to the epidemic.

History in Tennessee

Count It! Lock It! Drop It! History in Tennessee

In Tennessee specifically, a grassroots program called Count It! Lock It! Drop It! was initiated in 2012 and has since been making a positive impact on citizens of Dickson County and Coffee County, as well as other counties throughout the state.

The Count It! Lock it! Drop It! (CLD) initiative began in Coffee County and was started by Kristina Clark and Christina Merino. Clark, the county’s grant writer and sustainability consultant, and Merino, the executive director of the county’s Anti-Drug Coalition, began the program after being given the task of fighting the county’s drug overdose epidemic.

Goals and Accomplishments

Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Goals and Accomplishments

The CLD coalition focuses on three essential steps that every individual who is in possession of prescription medications is encouraged to follow.

  • The first of these steps (Count it!) notes the importance of counting the number of pills that are present in a container at least once every two weeks to ensure that the appropriate amount is there.
  • The second step (Lock it!) involves the distribution of lock boxes to residents so that they can safely secure their prescription medications within their homes.
  • The final step (Drop it!) refers to locations that have been set up throughout the counties where individuals can safely and appropriately dispose of any unwanted, unused, or expired medications.

Since its inception, CLD is now active in 33 counties throughout Tennessee. Additionally, the CLD’s official website reported that, in June of 2016, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation issued a grant to expand the program to more counties, focusing on counties that have “high numbers of prescriptions dispensed, overdose deaths, and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.”

The Tennessean, which is part of the USA Today Network, published an article that was presented by BlueCross BlueShield wherein the positive impact of this program was outlined. The article, which was issued on December 16, 2016, reports the results of a survey that was conducted by the coalition demonstrating the changes that have occurred since the start of this program:

  • The number of students who are sharing prescription medications has decreased by 50%.
  • The amount of people who are inappropriately consuming prescription medications is 25% lower.
  • Eighteen percent more respondents noted that it was harder to obtain prescription medications.
  • The amount of people who are locking up their medications has increased from zero to 24%.
  • The amount of people who are tracking their medications has increased from zero to 21%.
  • The amount of pills that has been collected each month as part of the implementation of drop-off locations has increased from 25 pounds to 100 pounds.

Drop-Off Boxes

Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Drop-Off Boxes

It is important for treatment centers in Burns and other cities throughout Tennessee to not only be aware of the Count It! Lock It! Drop It! coalition, but also to help make their communities aware of the initiative. The more people who understand and implement the steps set forth by the initiative, the more likely it is that positive change will occur throughout the state as a whole.

For residents of Burns and other cities within Dickson County, drop-off boxes can be found at the following locations:

Dickson Police Department
202 South Main Street
Dickson, TN 37055

Dickson Sheriff’s Department
140 County Jail Road
Charlotte, TN 37036

For residents outside of Dickson County, a drop-off location can be found by consulting the drop box finder feature on the homepage of the CLD’s website.