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 Azure Acres 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 Azure Acres 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

New Drug Drop-off Locations Popping Up Near Santa Rosa, CA

Drug drop-offs near Santa Rosa are helping curb opioid abuse

The increase in opioid abuse that the entire country is seeing is impacting areas of California at a rapid pace. An issue that has many sides to it, the widespread abuse of substances, including prescription painkillers, is negatively impacting families and communities within Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, and the surrounding areas.

It is no secret that prescription painkiller addiction can occur within all individuals, regardless of age, sex, race, religious beliefs, etc. The intensity of this widespread problem is wearing down medical resources and emergency response professionals, as there are more individuals in need of help than there are those who can provide it for them. Someone who is prescribed an opioid after a surgical procedure or injury is at greater risk for developing a dependency upon the prescribed opioid, even though he or she likely did not plan on that outcome. This often occurs because these medications possess highly addictive substances that can trigger the onset of physical dependency after just a few uses.

However, not all who consume prescription painkillers when provided them will develop a substance use disorder, though one should always remember that it is crucial to follow the prescribing guidelines offered by the physician when consuming a medication that is potent and addictive.

Despite the increase in prescription painkiller abuse within the area, there are ways to help mitigate its spread so that others within these communities are not negatively affected. For example, one effective method of preventing prescription painkiller abuse is by limiting access to these medications. Similar to other areas of the country, those within Sonoma County can utilize drop-off locations for medications such as prescription painkillers that are no longer being used, have expired, or simply need a safer place to go rather than down the drain or into a garbage bag at the end of the driveway.

These drop-off locations are effective in keeping prescription painkillers out of the local water supply, as well as away from children and pets who might accidentally ingest them and experience potentially fatal outcomes. When prescription painkillers are disposed of correctly, individuals within the area are limited in their opportunities to access them.

In support of decreasing prescription painkiller and other prescription drug abuse, Walgreens pharmacies throughout California are offering anonymous drop-off locations for the public to utilize. In addition, the drugstore is also supplying educational materials to help bring all residents in the area into the know regarding the dangers of opioid abuse. These materials can also be accessed through their website.

Those living within Sonoma County and the surrounding areas also have a number of other options for safely disposing of their medications at the following locations:

Creekside Pharmacy
95 Montgomery Drive
707-525-1130

Dollar Drug
1055 W. College Ave
707-575-1313

Santa Rosa Police Station
965 Sonoma Ave
707-543-3600

Sonoma County Water Agency
404 Aviation Blvd
707-547-1900

By deciding to safely dispose of unwanted medications at a drop-off locations such as those listed above, you can have a hand in fighting back against opioid abuse within the great state of California, as well as keeping yourself, your home, and your loved ones safe.