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 Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry 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 Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry.

  • 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

The Opioid Epidemic Turns Lethal, Hitting Columbus, OH

Emerging Synthetic Opioid: U-47700

With a surge in the abuse of opioids, both heroin and prescription painkillers, taking hold of the country, people have been turning to other synthetic forms of these potent substances. Sadly, it has become all too common for individuals to turn to lab-created drugs to feed their desire to achieve a mind- and mood-altering high.

One of the most recent and potent of these opioid derivatives being consumed in the United States is U-47700. Also known as “pinky” or “pink,” U-47700 is not only being added to the list of already deadly substances that people are abusing, but also to the list of drugs that are claiming the lives of people who may not necessarily know what they are ingesting.

Answering a Deadly Need

It is no secret that individuals of all ages will experiment with substances because someone told them that it will elicit a great high. However, nowadays, it appears that people are getting a bit more creative in adding to the drug problem in America.

U-47700 was once a drug being tested for FDA approval. Yet, after failing to meet the appropriate standards, it was shelved and never released to the public. Presently, this substance is being illegally manufactured overseas, purchased online, and shipped to the United States as more and more people, fueled by drug cravings and curiosity, demand an alternative to heroin and prescription drugs.

Ohio among States Taking Action

As the popularity of U-47700 grows, law enforcement and medical personnel are unfortunately seeing a rise in opioid-related deaths. Overdoses caused by U-47700 have increased, and it is only a matter of time before the Columbus area and other major cities in Ohio begin to see this same trend.

Additionally, officers in Lorain County seized hundreds of U-47700 pills which were likely intended for distribution. Because of these disturbing trends, the state of Ohio has joined a handful of other states in making U-47700 illegal with the hopes of halting the upswing in opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Now considered a controlled substance, those who are caught possessing and/or distributing this life-threatening substance will be subjected to criminal charges and penalized in the same manner as those having or selling heroin or other illicit substances.

It is hoped that through these efforts, those in the Columbus, Ohio area, and those in other communities in the United States, will heed the much-publicized warnings about this and other synthetic opioids that are becoming more readily available.

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry was the only treatment option that was able to help me make a breakthrough in improving my mental health. It was obvious that Ohio Hospital's staff were experts in their field, and everyone was great!

– Mary B.