Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Health --- Office for Addictive Disorders is sponsoring public forums throughout the Acadiana-region of the state.

“The purpose of the forums is to inform the public about statewide programs and services that are available to prevent and treat addiction,” said Michael Duffy, assistant secretary for the Office for Addictive Disorders. “The forums will allow concerned citizens the opportunity to express community needs as they relate to the treatment and prevention of addictions.”

Duffy said that the Office for Addictive Disorders has a long-standing commitment to include the public in its planning process. “And this is an example of that commitment.”

OAD provides a full range of  prevention and treatment services to those affected by substance abuse and problem gambling. OAD operates outpatient clinics, outreach clinics and inpatient treatment centers throughout the state.

A complete listing of the public forums is shown below.

June 28, 2004 -- 10 a.m.     
Evangline Parish Police Jury Meeting Room   
200 Court Street      
Ville Platte, LA 70586

June 28, 2004 -- 3 p.m.
International Rice Festival Building
717 West Mill Street
Crowley, LA 70526

June 28, 2004 --  3 p.m
Parks Middle School
1010-A Louis Drive
Parks, LA 70582

June 29, 2004 -- 10 a.m.     .
Old City Market/City Hall     
131 West Bellevue Street     
Opelousas, LA 70570 

June 30, 2004 -- 10 a.m.     
Housing Authority of New Iberia    
1020 A Harrison Street     
New Iberia, LA 70560 

June 30, 2004 -- 3 p.m.
Abbeville General Auditorium
118 N. Hospital Drive
Abbeville, LA 70510