Early September called for attention to the opioid epidemic affecting the state at the 2019 Louisiana Opioid Action Summit. The three-day event, which drew over 300 registered guests to the Harbor Center in Slidell, LA, featured a host of dynamic presenters from various industries and backgrounds with one common goal – to direct strategies in local communities for community response, healthcare and public health.
“With the work that I’ve done with End the Epidemic Louisiana, the Opioid Action Summit assured us that we are on the right path,” said Megan Hedges, Consortium Director – End the Epidemic Louisiana. “While we’ve been focused on prevention, planning and education, other associations have been focused on implementation. Education is a big factor in prevention and the support of those suffering from the disease of addiction aids in their recovery and sobriety.”
Breakout sessions covered topics like Social Determinants of Addiction, Successful Interventions with First Responders and Law Enforcement, Addressing Shame and Stigma in Addiction, Utilization of Peers in Recovery and Treatment Engagement and lots more.
“The facilitators really understood the importance of unifying the community’s work in addressing the opioid epidemic. By first creating a common ground and then exploring each of the respective topics in depth, the summit was an exchange of knowledge,” added Verinique Bailey, Communications and Marketing Manager. “Not only were the breakout sessions informative, but they were backed with real data, real facts and real testimonies.”
The event challenged its attendees to spring into action using the resources provided and pushed for a hopeful improvement in statistics by as early as next year.
About the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance
The Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) is a diverse group of EMS providers who promote emergency medical transport as a distinct concern in Louisiana; serve as a forum for a unified voice for healthcare providers, public officials, healthcare workers, educators and consumers working to improve emergency medical transport in Louisiana; provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of ideas and information related to the improvement of emergency medical transport; serve as an advocate for emergency medical transport, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of Louisiana; and encourage the development of appropriate health resources for Louisiana.