Center for Behavioral Health Hosts Town Hall Meeting To Discuss Impact of Opioids in Shreveport-Bossier Community

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Mental Health News
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"The Opioid Discussion" brings industry leaders and health service providers to address growing opioid problem in an open forum

MONROE, La., April 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), a nationally accredited outpatient

treatment facility, today announced its sponsorship of "The Opioid Discussion" on Thursday, April 12 at Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor. The Opioid Discussion is a free public event that is focused on education, prevention, treatment and recovery.

The Opioid Discussion is an example of today's health providers proactively going into the community to address the growing opioid epidemic head-on. Louisiana is right in the cross hairs of the Nation's growing opioid epidemic--the total number of opioid-related deaths rose from 155 in 2012 to 305 in 2016. This alarming trend is consistent with the national average and is supported by a number of startling facts, including:

  •     Louisiana averages 110 opioid prescriptions per 100 people
  •     Among those people who misused prescription pain relievers in the past year, more than 50 percent got them from friends or relatives, 40 percent from health care providers and 10 percent from other sources
  •     $296 million annually in health care costs are spent on opioid related care

The Opioid Discussion will assemble a number of local addiction specialists and medical professionals to educate the audience about the local opioid crisis and provide the community with free resources for opioid-addicted individuals. The Opioid Discussion will also address a recently available federal grant that subsidizes medication assisted treatment.

"To eliminate the stigma that is associated with addressing illicit drug use, it is important to have open conversations about opioids," said Brant Massman, President of Center for Behavioral Health. "The Opioid Discussion is providing a valuable education forum to not only educate participants but also inform the community of the services that are available. For many, the financial burden associated with rehabilitation can be subsidized and supported with government funds. We are looking forward to working with the medical community and general public to bring light and awareness to the conversation."

CBH has been closely tied to the Louisiana community for many years. With facilities in Shreveport and Monroe, CBH has been able to lead thousands of patients to recovery. CBH has found that after entering treatment, opioid patients are more employable, 80% report no illicit opiate or heroin use and patients have reported a significant drop in legal troubles.

CBH's facilities in Louisiana: 1303 Line Avenue #600 Shreveport, LA 71101 Tel: (318) 425-3400

11910 Ruffin Drive Monroe, LA 71202 Tel: (318) 340-9596

About Center for Behavioral Health Center for Behavioral Health is an accredited network of growing outpatient facilities and treatment centers that is focused on assisting people addicted to opiates. Learn more about Center for Behavioral Health by visiting its website or following it via social media.

SOURCE Center for Behavioral Health Management, Inc.

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