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 Sunrise Ranch to keep our patients/clients/guests, 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, visitation is no longer allowed at Sunrise Ranch.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, 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.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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

Opioid Epidemic Continues to Run Rampant in Riverside, CA

Riverside & Greater California’s Opioid Epidemic

As rates of opioid abuse continue to rise throughout the United States, Riverside County, and the entire state of California, is reporting a disproportionally high rate of overdose from these drugs.

2014 saw the Golden State lead the nation in opioid-related deaths with an unprecedented 14,000 deaths involving prescription opioids. These staggering rates are the result of widespread prescription painkiller and opioid abuse, a mounting problem that lawmakers and public health officials are working hard to overcome.

Part of the reason for this epidemic is the alarming rate at which prescription painkillers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine, are being prescribed. These drugs have proven effective for mitigating the effects of moderate to severe pain in acute medical situations, and countless individuals have experienced relief by using these medications under the supervision of their physician when healing from injuries and illnesses such as cancer.

However, a trend emerged in which doctors began prescribing these drugs to treat more chronic pain, meaning that individuals were taking opioids for far longer that has been deemed medically appropriate. For some, this prolonged use meant that a chemical dependence ensued, along with a resulting substance use disorder.

Unintended Consequences

Sadly, one of the unintended consequences of the rise in prescription painkiller abuse is a correlated uptick in heroin and synthetic opioid addiction. When an individual who has become dependent upon these medications can no longer obtain them from a doctor of other means, he or she will often turn to illegal substances, such as heroin, in order to achieve his or her desired high.

And unfortunately, although illegal, heroin and similar substances can often be acquired with greater ease than prescription painkillers, and at a cheaper prices, which makes these drugs enticing as substances of abuse.

In Search of Solutions

In 2015, lawmakers in California took new steps to combat the opioid epidemic that is rampant in their state, resulting in joint efforts between various state agencies to promote safe prescription practices for physicians, to educate the general public about opioid abuse and its consequences, and to increase access to medically-assisted treatment opportunities.

In addition, California has rolled out a new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) which utilizes technology to help physicians keep tabs on the number of prescriptions their patients have at any given time. This database prevents a dangerous practice known as “doctor shopping,” which occurs when a person seeks out multiple opioid prescriptions at the same time from different doctors with the intention of acquiring greater quantities of the drug to abuse.

The need for addiction treatment programs and support to assist those who have become embedded in the country’s opioid crisis can be seen throughout the nation, and this need is no more apparent than in counties like Riverside.

Fortunately, stakeholders are coming together in a united front to combat the deadly effects of the disease of opioid addiction in California, and access to care in the form of various public health initiatives and treatment centers is growing.