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Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Mirror Lake Recovery Center.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Heroin Poisoning & Overdose


Heroin Abuse and Overdose: The Risks

Abusing substances can cause individuals to experience numerous consequences that can be far-reaching and affect every facet of their lives. In addition to one’s relationships with others, career, and financial stability, a person’s physical health is at risk due to the harm that substances bring about. Heroin, more specifically, is widely known to cause a person to suffer from several health concerns, including organ damage, when the use of this illicit drug is ongoing.

Classified as an opioid, heroin can also make a person vulnerable to contracting diseases like HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C when used intravenously. Even more concerning is an individual’s ever-present risk of experiencing an overdose. An overdose occurs when a person uses a substance so frequently and/or in such an excessive amount that his or her body is unable to safely metabolize it. In most instances, a person’s body will attempt to remove the substance on its own, e.g. via vomiting. However, if an individual consumes an exceedingly large amount of a substance and is unable to excrete it, that individual will display signs of an overdose.

Because an overdose as a result of consuming too much heroin can be fatal, it is important that emergency medical attention is sought as quickly as possible so as to prevent a grave outcome.

Signs & Symptoms

The Signs of Heroin Overdose

The obvious signs of a heroin overdose can vary. Depending on the amount of heroin that was consumed and the individual’s ability to metabolize this substance, the initial indicators and the severity of the symptoms experienced can differ from one person to the next. Even if a small amount of heroin is consumed, the following signs should communicate to you that you or your loved one is overdosing and is in need of emergency medical care:

  • Tongue discoloration
  • Blueish-colored lips
  • Stroke
  • Hypotension
  • Dry mouth
  • Constricted pupils
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakened pulse
  • Disorientation
  • Labored breathing

Handling Overdose Situations

What to Do If a Person is Showing Signs of Heroin Overdose

If it appears as though someone is experiencing an overdose following the use of heroin, it is important to contact emergency medical personnel as quickly as possible. Even if there is doubt that an overdose is occurring, it is beneficial to still call 9-1-1 so as to prevent fatality.

If 9-1-1 is called, it would be a good idea to volunteer the following information to the responding medical personnel:

  • The signs of overdose that you noticed that prompted the call to 9-1-1
  • Your best guess on how long the person has been using heroin
  • The amount of heroin you suspect has been abused
  • The method in which he or she used heroin (e.g. smoking, snorting, or via needle use)
  • Past history of overdose
  • Any knowledge of existing medical conditions

If you are calling 9-1-1 because you are the one experiencing an overdose following the use of heroin, it is just as beneficial to report the above information if you are able.

Experiencing a heroin overdose warrants emergency medical attention. Failing to seek such care can, unfortunately, cause a person’s organ systems to shut down, which could result in untimely death. However, by seeking medical attention in the event an overdose occurs and by receiving treatment for a heroin addiction, an individual can prevent not just a future overdose, but the other risks associated with heroin use as well.

At Mirror Lake Recovery Center, we are uniquely prepared to offer men and women the treatment they need to win the war against heroin addiction. Our staff, which consists of expertly trained medical, mental health, and addiction specialists, understands how difficult it can be to defeat a heroin abuse problem and puts forth every effort to preserve the overall health and wellbeing of those entrusted into our care.

If you or someone you care about could benefit from the world-class addiction treatment offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center, feel free to contact us. In choosing our center to recover, long-lasting sobriety is but a phone call away.

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