Opioid News

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.