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 Wellness Resource 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 Wellness Resource 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

Polysubstance Abuse & Dependency

Access to Clean Needles Needed To Prevent Further Spread of Disease in Florida

Sadly, opioid drug use has been on the rise, leaving many communities across the nation to consider other solutions and utilize other resources than those previously employed in order to curb this detrimental epidemic and prevent additional harm to community members.

In South Florida, more specifically in Palm Beach County, those grappling with an addiction to heroin and/or other intravenous drugs can obtain clean needles in order to protect themselves from contracting diseases due to sharing unclean, infected needles with others. And while many criticize this method of preventing disease as one that perpetuates ongoing drug use, the fact of the matter is that it does decrease the risk of contracting diseases like HIV and hepatitis in those who take advantage of this community service.

Infectious Disease Likely to Continue Spreading if Law Does Not Change

Outside of Palm Beach County, other communities are not as fortunate to have such an invaluable resource available. In the South Florida area, which includes Boca Raton, there is an almost five-decade-old law in place that prohibits the acquisition of needles without a prescription from a physician. With this barrier in place, those addicted to drugs and using needles as their route of administration place themselves at an increased risk of exposing themselves to HIV and other blood-borne diseases that can be fatal if left untreated. When this occurs, the areas that have a large population of drug users also become communities in which HIV and hepatitis are more prevalent.

With Change, South Florida Communities Will Benefit Greatly

When the law to limit access to needles to only those who acquired a prescription for them was put in place in the 1970s, it was meant to decrease the use of drugs among those in Boca Raton and the rest of South Florida. As time went on and the AIDS epidemic became more widespread, limiting needles in this way began to prove problematic and the need for change became clear.

Several prominent leaders in the South Florida area recognize the need to revise the law and are working to make beneficial changes so as to protect the health and wellbeing of those who live in this part of the country. By allowing individuals to have access to clean needles, the risk of infection decreases, which can then allow those addicted to substances like heroin to focus on overcoming their addictions. Over time, it is hoped that those who need clean needles will have them and greater focus can be placed on tackling the substance abuse concerns impacting Palm Beach County and the surrounding Florida area.

Our son has a strong, sober network of friends and is better than we've ever seen him! Thanks to Wellness, our family has been reunited.

– Ryan M.