Opioid News

March 22, 2018
Heroin & Opioid Crisis Interagency Survey and Survey Results
January 22, 2018
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, has renewed the standing order for the life-saving medication Naloxone. Through this action, laypeople who are helping a person who has overdosed or who is at risk of an overdose on heroin, morphine or another opioid drug can continue to receive the lifesaving medication naloxone without having to get a direct prescription from a doctor.
November 13, 2017
New data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy show there are fewer opioids being prescribed since Medicaid expansion began in July 2016.
September 27, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Health will utilize new and expanded federal grants to continue implementing innovative, effective strategies for combating the opioid problem in Louisiana. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded nearly $1 million for ongoing data collection, tracking and analysis of opioid-related overdoses statewide.
June 20, 2017
On June 12, 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards signed three bills that will enhance Louisiana's ongoing work to reduce opioid abuse.
May 15, 2017
The State now has more funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Health a grant to target and reduce opioid abuse across the state. The State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant is funded at $8,167,971 a year for two years.
March 30, 2017
Health leaders said 95 percent of long-term opioid users began the road to misuse by taking pain medications prescribed by a doctor. Those experts are now looking at ways to get doctors to change their prescribing methods and look at alternative forms of treatment other than opioids.