Behavioral Health

December 17, 2020
The annual Synar Report describes the progress Louisiana and other states have made in enforcing youth tobacco access laws and future plans to reduce youth tobacco access rates as required by the federal Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 300x–26]. The law requires all states to have in effect a law making it unlawful for any manufacturer, retailer, or distributor of tobacco products to sell or distribute any such product to any individual under the age of 18, and to conduct random, unannounced inspections to ensure compliance with the law. States are required to report this information annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
October 09, 2020
This blog post was originally published in July 2019 as Hurricane Barry approached Louisiana. With 2020's especially active hurricane season, we are sharing it again with updated resources and information on COVID-19 and flu season.
October 08, 2020
Hurricane season has put additional emotional stress upon us even as the COVID-19 response continues. These resources provide trained and compassionate individuals to support you during this time.
September 28, 2020
"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.
September 22, 2020
"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."
September 14, 2020
The LaSOR 2.0 grant allows the State to continue addressing the needs of residents facing the challenges of opioid and stimulant use and misuse — a population which has faced increased difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 14, 2020
"I thought I was going to die with a needle in my arm, all alone and empty inside. I had fully accepted this as my fate because I had tried to quit shooting heroin so many times before and nothing ever seemed to work. When in those dark and hopeless moments of despair, I would often wonder how I got there," Katherine Penton writes.
September 06, 2020
In 2019, Brent Ambacher shared his recovery story in honor of National Recovery Month, observed every September as a time to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. The Department of Health is reprinting his story as the state celebrates Recovery Month 2020.
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