Louisiana is a southern state bordered to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. Best known for New Orleans’s annual festival of Mardi Gras, Louisiana as a state is a melting pot of French, African, French-Canadian, and American cultures, evident by these cultures’ pervading influence in the food and music. Louisiana is home to 4.6 million people, the second unhealthiest state in the country next to Mississippi.
Louisiana's low health ranking compared to the rest of the nation is for a variety of reasons, many of which begin with the youth of the state. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA’s) 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer, tobacco use among Louisiana youth aged twelve to seventeen has remained well above the national average since at least 2010, with the gap between the Louisiana average and the United States average widening significantly since 2012.
Additionally, Louisiana youth in this same age range used prescription painkillers a rate higher than the national average over the last eight years. Despite Louisiana medical providers writing 103.2 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons in 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the opioid overdose death rate of 7.7 deaths per 100,000 people remained well below the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
In 2015, addiction treatment admissions’ primary drug of abuse among residents of Louisiana tilted toward opioids, accounting for more than two thousand of the approximately ten thousand total admissions. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), alcohol was the primary or secondary drug of abuse in 1,697 treatment admissions, compared to 2,010 for heroin or other opioids. Methamphetamine was the third most common primary substance of abuse, accounting for 1,085 admissions, followed by 1,020 admissions in which marijuana was reported to be the primary drug of abuse.
Louisiana hovers above the national average on many barometers, and with just under three hundred SAMHSA certified addiction treatment providers and facilities, Louisiana has many options for rehab and recovery.
Some of the various levels of addiction treatment care available in Louisiana are the following:
Louisiana programs welcome and treat individuals from all populations, including:
Payment for addiction treatment in Louisiana can be arranged through several sources, which include:
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