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 Sierra by the Sea 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 Sierra by the Sea.

  • 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

Fingerprint Scanner Fights Drug Abuse

A fingerprint scanner developed by a British company can actually detect drugs in the system of the user.

A British company has developed a new biometric device that can reveal whether or not a person is using illicit drugs and even which drugs they’re using – all by reading their fingerprint. The technology can establish a subject’s identity and at the same time detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methadone.

The science behind the technology is based on sweat as well as fingerprint patterns. The device deposits dyed antibodies that act on sweat that is released through minute pores on the fingertips. The antibodies adhere to metabolites that are also released through the pores when a person is under the influence of drugs. The antibodies used by the scanner device are brightly colored with dye. If the subject has been using drugs, brightly colored fingertips will tell the tale.

Expectations for the device are high. Currently there is no way to quickly determine if a driver is under the influence of drugs. This new fingerprint scanner can deliver results in about 15 minutes. In July, health officials in Ohio launched a one-year pilot program with the new high-tech scanner. According to The Wall Street Journal, Holzer Health System will scan patients’ fingerprints when they visit a doctor. They will also be scanned when they pick up prescriptions. For now, participation in the program is voluntary.

In Ohio, data from the fingerprint scanner will upload to a patient’s medical record. In addition to detecting the presence of drugs, the data will be used to track the number of times a patient visits a doctor and how often he or she fills a drug prescription. Drug experts believe that this type of monitoring can help reduce the practice of doctor shopping and cut down on the number of prescription drugs that are diverted to the black market. Ohio has one of the highest rates of prescription painkiller abuse in the nation, with an average of 67 opioid painkillers prescribed to each resident in the state per year.

Holzer Health System is hopeful about the success of the program. According to CEO T. Wayne Munro, this is the first system they’ve seen that can help health officials track where people are getting their prescriptions in real-time. Ohio’s current prescription monitoring program depends on data input from pharmacies and has a one-week lag in uploading data that undermines its effectiveness.

Intelligent Technology, the developer of the fingerprint scanner, is a spin-off company from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. The company recently received a government grant to develop technology for drug testing by coroners.

Recovery is fueled by hope and courage and an exploration of the underlying factors such as trauma. Our treatment driven by compassionate and trauma-informed care provides the foundation of recovery and healing.

– Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Chief Executive Officer
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)