"I slowly drank and drugged my way out of one high school and into another. I partied my way out of LSU as a freshman and continued to watch opportunities evaporate before my eyes," Daniel Freedman writes of his experiences with addiction.
With many primary care offices in southwestern Louisiana still closed due to damage from Hurricane Laura, the Louisiana Department of Health is partnering with the LSU Family Medicine Residency Program of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital to offer basic services until most clinics can resume operations.
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen oyster beds in areas 3, 4 and 5 beginning at sunrise on Sunday, September 26, 2020. Areas 1, 2, 6 and 7 will remain closed due to effects from Hurricane Sally.
Due to inclement weather in southwest Louisiana this morning, the Region 5 Office of Public Health is canceling emergency vaccines at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit today. COVID-19 testing will be delayed until noon.
"By the age of 25, I had been raped, discarded into a canal and left for dead. I had been incarcerated, was living on the streets and had almost lost my life during an overdose," Lori Stone writes. "I had to bury one of my children because of my addiction and an abusive relationship I was in."
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta, which could impact Louisiana in the coming days, allowing the state to assist local governments with their response needs.