The Louisiana Department of Health is hosting an opioid public forum, consisting of community-focused panels, at 8:30 a.m. October 5. The forum, supported by Capital Area Human Services District and faculty with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be held at the Tracy Center, 1800 South Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge.

The five community-focused based panels will include members of the public and those with working experience conversing and sharing their experience with experts in the opioid and/or addiction fields. The Department will use the discussion during this forum to inform its Statewide Opioid Strategic Plan which will be published later this year.

LDH is looking for members of the public who fit or identify with one of the following five categories to participate in the panels.

  • Consumers: someone in recovery, family members, peers or advocates
  • Providers: opioid treatment programs, residential treatments, managed care organizations or other providers
  • Community providers: local governing entities, federally qualified health clinics, community health clinics or hospitals and physicians
  • Justice: State Police, sheriffs’ offices, local police, coroners or the Department of Corrections
  • Education: higher education, medical schools, social work schools or other education-related fields

In addition to the community panels, a panel of local subject matters experts has been chosen by the Department, with assistance from Johns Hopkins, to aid in the discussion. Click here to learn more about the panel members.