Louisiana is at the forefront of combating the opioid epidemic.
“This places Louisiana among some of the leading states and our ability to track this epidemic,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter.
All ages, all genders and all across the state. According to the Louisiana Department of Health Administrator and Health Director, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate here in Louisiana.
“In many parishes, more opioid prescriptions are written every year per individuals in that parish,” said Kanter.
With a new opioid data and surveillance system, the state wants to tackle this epidemic head on.
“You can’t improve what you cant measure and you can’t improve what you can’t see,” said Kanter.
This new tool allows regular folks and public-health professionals to do both.
“They can look at emergency department visits, they can look at overdose deaths, they can look at the number of prescriptions written,” said Kanter.
The tool allows you to search for information, both past and present, about any area in the state.
“It’s going to help me council people, and give a real concrete picture of what I mean on the risks of opioids,” said Kanter.
Anyone can use or access this digital system.
“We want our response to the opioid crisis to be data driven and this portal is how we are going to do that,” said Kanter.