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Louisiana Observes Opioid Crisis Awareness Day as Overdoses Continue to Rise

CLASPP Member O'Brien House Recognized for Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdoses have skyrocketed over the last several years, particularly the last two years. Gov. John Bel Edwards is using his proclamation to bring awareness to addiction and the number of loved ones in Louisiana struggling right now.

“I’ve been here for nine years and this is the highest percentage of opioid users we’ve had,” said Emily Tilley, clinical director of O’Brien House. Just before the pandemic, Louisiana had the largest increase in opioid overdoses in the country. And right now, the trend continues to be moving upward. Tilley wants people to know how important it is to be aware. “It’s very important. I believe opioids is the silent killer because people think taking prescription drugs is not harmful but that’s how it starts,” explained Tilley.

O’Brien House in Baton Rouge offers several treatment plans for addicted individuals seeking help, such as a 90-to-120-day program, intensive outpatient services, veteran support groups, and perhaps most importantly, a family support group. “Because the family is in recovery, too, not just the addicted person." Read more

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