Continuing its commitment to combat the opioid epidemic, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will open two new Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) in Houma and Bogalusa, bringing the total number of OTPs in Louisiana. increase access to treatment services for 400 to 1,200 people per month.
LDH’s Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) selected Behavioral Health Group to operate the new facilities following an open call for tenders and a comprehensive review of contractor qualifications. OTPs are licensed to dispense methadone as part of clinically supervised medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), considered the gold standard for the treatment of opioid use disorder. use of opioids.
The facilities are expected to open in June. They are located at:
- 1812 Prospect Blvd., Houma (Region 3: South Central Louisiana)
- 412 Ave. B, Bogalusa (Region 9: Parishes of Florida)
“The opioid epidemic has plagued Louisiana with untold loss for too many years, not only in the lives of those we have lost, but also in broken relationships with family and friends,” the statement said. LDH secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips. “About a quarter of Louisiana residents who receive medication for opioid use disorder live within 35 miles (35 miles) of an opioid treatment provider. This expansion of treatment services is one of three goals that LDH has identified in its commitment to improving access to treatment for substance use disorders and the quality of care within our Fiscal 2022 Business Plan.”
“We know that opioid overdose death rates are rapidly increasing and impacting our friends, loved ones, family, and community like never before in Louisiana and across the country. The death rate in Washington Parish alone is devastating,” said State Representative Malinda White, I-Bogalusa. “We know that access to treatment services is imperative if we are to reduce death rates in Louisiana. The opening of two new opioid treatment programs in the hardest-hit areas of the state will certainly help reduce the overdose death rate in Louisiana by providing people with substance use disorders the opportunity get the help they need, when they need it.
There has been a steady increase in the number of fatal overdoses involving opioids in Louisiana. According to the most recent data from the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance System (LODSS), which collects coroner-certified data, opioid-related deaths increased by 67%, from 588 in 2019 to 982 in 2020. From 2012 to 2020, opioid-related deaths increased by 514%.
Over the past year, LDH has identified a significant need to expand OTPs in regions that have experienced severe challenges throughout the opioid epidemic. LDH chose the new OTP locations based on the areas most in need, based on data collected from LODSS.
LODSS was made possible through a partnership between the LDH Office of Public Health, Office of Health Informatics and the National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .
“The South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority (SCLHSA) along with the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Behavioral Health understand that opioid addiction is a complex medical condition and are dedicated to providing effective, evidence-based treatment options for the opioid addiction,” SCLHSA Executive said director Lisa Schilling. “SCLHSA is proud to host the Behavioral Health Cluster in Houma Region 3 to dispense methadone as part of clinically monitored treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). This program will be a perfect complement to our in-office opioid treatment (OBOT) programs located at the four SCLHSA clinics located in Houma, LaPlace, Morgan City and Raceland.
To find help for yourself or a loved one in dealing with opioid use disorder, visit opioidhelpla.org or ldh.la.gov/AddictiveDisorders.