Gov. John Bel Edwards declares this week “a call to action week” on opioid addiction to focus on prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies. To galvanize action, the Louisiana Department of Health is facilitating the Louisiana Opioid Action Summit this week in Slidell - with participants coming from all regions of the state.
“The opioid crisis has caused irreparable harm across Louisiana, but we can turn the tide on this devastation,” said Gov. Edwards. “Our new laws and policies are integral to helping our residents struggling with opioid addiction get the help they desperately need and understanding where and how frequently overdoses are occurring so we can work to prevent further harm.”
This week, Gov. Edwards highlighted three bills passed during the 2019 legislative session that will help address the opioid epidemic in Louisiana, which has ravaged communities throughout Louisiana.
The measures will tackle this pressing public health problem by increasing access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and more effectively tracking and reporting opioid-related overdoses and fatalities. These laws build upon the administration’s previous actions: Secretary of Health Rebekah Gee’s standing order for Naloxone - the opioid overdose reversal drug, the prescription drug monitoring program, the 7-day opioid prescription limit legislation that Gov. Edwards signed in 2017, and the creation of the HOPE Council.
Specifically, the bills signed this year:
These new laws, combined with the tireless work of the Louisiana Department of Health along with efforts in local communities throughout the state, will be critical to closing the treatment gap and helping individuals lead healthier, more productive lives.
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