The nationwide opioid crisis is affecting thousands of Louisiana families. In 2016, more than 1,000 state residents died of overdose, at least 531 of which were related to opioids. Furthermore, the number of opioid poisoning deaths doubled between 2012 and 2016. Louisiana was among the 26 states identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having significant increases in the rate of drug overdose death between 2015 and 2016.

The Louisiana Department of Health is seeking public input on key strategies to address the opioid crisis.  Over the next month the Department of Health, in collaboration with the Local Human Services Authority, will hold three public meetings around the state on this topic:
●      Meeting 1 – May 31st:        Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum
                                                       1600 Phoenix Square – Hammond, LA
                                                       12:00 – 1:30 pm
                                                       In collaboration with Florida Parishes Human Services Authority

●      Meeting 2 – June 5th:        L’Auberge Resort and Casino (Ballroom E)*
                                                        777 Ave L’Auberge – Lake Charles, LA
                                                        3:30 – 5:00 pm
                                                        In collaboration with Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority
                                                       *In conjunction with the Rural Health Clinic Workshop

●      Meeting 3 – July 11th:         Walk in the Word Fellowship Hall
                                                        1201 Stubbs Ave.
                                                        Monroe, LA 71201
                                                        12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
                                                        *In collaboration with Northeast Delta Human Services Authority


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