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Opioid Crisis Forum Held In Shreveport

Courtesy: CADA

OPIOID CRISIS MEETING - The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse held  a public forum yesterday evening on the Opioid Crisis in NW Louisiana.  Four experts weighed in on the various dynamics of addiction before a large audience at the Robinson Film Center. Topics  included the history of addiction,  family and social dynamics influencing 

Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News
Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News
OPIOID FORUM - Panel of experts shared information on addiction history, family dynamics, pharmocology, and resources for addiction recovery.

addictive behaviors,  pharmacological issues,  and current resources available for persons addicted to opioids .  The purpose of the event was to get people more aware of the local problems of opioid abuse… Bill Rose, executive director for the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse explained. "We wanted to open up a dialogue in this community to begin a conversation rather than formulate an idea or continue to create a myth related to addiction.  Part of it is to break down the barriers by smashing the stigma associated to substance abuse."  

Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News
Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News
PACKED HOUSE - More than 100 people attended the "Let's Talk About The Opioid Crisis" held Wednesday, Feb. 7th at the Robinson Theater's Meeting Room in Shreveport.

 The panel of experts stressed that opioid addiction affects all parts of society.  Dr. Nicholas Goeders, head of the Department of Pharmocology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience at LSU-Health Sciences in Shreveport elaborated "To say it's not your problem is just burying your head in the sand because it affects all of us one way or another."   A point that Dr. Robert Jackson, founder of the Martin Luther King Health Center in Shreveport agreed with. "In decades past often addiction was restricted to one or two segments of the population.  That is no longer the case. Doctors, lawyers, politicians, poor people, homeless people, everyone without exception is affected by this.  And certainly we're having more deaths." About 70,000 people die from opioid-related circumstances each year in the United States which is more than auto fatalities or homicides. 

If you’d like more information about resources available for opioid or any addiction disorder, the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has a website:

cadanwla.org or call: (318) 222-8511

Credit Courtesy: cdc.gov
Courtesy: cdc.gov

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.