The Times Picayune: What are the signs of opioid abuse? Education seminar seeks to answer that question

March 20, 2018 – Maria Clark 

Want to find out more about the causes, signs, and consequences of opioid use and abuse?

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is hosting an education series on opioid abuse on Wednesday March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 6359 Vicksburg St. in the St. Dominic School Gym.

Dr. A. Kennison Roy the medical director of the Dual Diagnosis Unit at River Oaks Hospital in Harahan, Deacon Louie Bauer, the founder of the Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) with Catholic Charities, and Dr. Mark Taliancich, the Clinical Director of the Counseling Solutions program with the Archdiocese of New Orleans will lead the meeting and be available for questions.

The series is free and open to the public. Local resources on addiction will also be made available to people who attend and have questions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported approximately 33,000 died from opioid abuse in 2015. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s office has not yet released the number of drug-related deaths for 2017. However, in 2016 the 211 drug-related deaths surpassed the number of homicides in the city for the first time ever.

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