Local leaders discussing “Community-Wide Response Plan to the Opioid Epidemic”

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East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark, MD is joining East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome at a Capital Area Human Services summit on Wednesday, November 5. 

Both local leaders are scheduled to speak at the public release of the “Community-Wide Response Plan to the Opioid Epidemic.”

According to organizers, “the plan includes nine topic areas, recommendations and action steps for addressing the opioid crisis locally.”

Capital Area Human Services is hosting the summit and organizers provided the topics incorporated in the “Community-Wide Response Plan to the Opioid Epidemic:”

  • Understanding Addiction and Reducing Stigma
  • Prevention Services 
  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Corrections
  • Prescribing Practices 
  • Harm Reduction: Overdose Reversal and Syringe Access 
  • Pain Management
  • Detoxification, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Supportive Counseling
  • Treatment of Pregnant Women and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • Recovery Services and Community Supports

“The entities who participated in the monthly planning meetings over 18 months included hundreds of individuals from the community representing public health, private providers, health planners, law enforcement, non-profit grassroots organizations, and individuals impacted by opioid abuse. We commend them for their recommendations and expertise in identifying local needs,” said Jan Kasofsky, PhD, CAHS executive director. 

The summit is happening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BREC’s Womack Park Ballroom which is located at 6201 Florida Blvd.  

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