Opioid abuse is a problem in Louisiana where almost all indicators … addiction to opioid medications, overdose deaths, emergency room admissions and over-prescribing … are evidence of the problem.
Stimulants frequently misused are commonly known as “coke”, “crack”, “meth”, and “speed”. While there are prescription stimulants for medical use, recreational versions such as cocaine and methamphetamine are illegal. Stimulants increase alertness, attention, and energy while also elevating blood pressure, heart rate and breathing and are used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. However, many people misuse prescription stimulants that are often referred to as “study drugs”, “speed”, or “uppers”. For more information on resources in your area, please visit www.opioidhelpla.org
Through its passage of Act 88, the Louisiana Legislature established the Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE Council) to combat heroin and opioid use and abuse.
- Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
- COVID-19: Resources for Opioid Treatment Providers
- Louisiana’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Action Plan
- Louisiana's Opioid Response Plan 2019
- Expert Panel Recommendation to Address Opioid Epidemic
- Anti-Opioid Voluntary Pledge
- Naloxone Standing Order
- Louisiana Opioid Commission
- NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opioid Pain Management CMEs and CEs
- SAMHSA’s Opioid Prescribing Courses for Health Care Providers
- Free CMEs
- Free SBIRT Training