Louisiana Priority Topic Investments
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Louisiana Overdose Investment Snapshot
Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of Louisiana.
There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.
In 2020 in Louisiana there were:
overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)
Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths
Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)
Public Health and Public Safety
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Examples of How Louisiana Is Working to Prevent Overdose
|Outreach and coordination
Louisiana built a strong Opioid Outreach Coordinator program in nine high-risk public health regions. It has formed partnerships between parishes and the state health agency, coordinated linkages to care, and provided outreach and trainings to high-risk groups, including over 2,200 individuals and 250 groups.
|Teen crisis line
Louisiana successfully expanded its Teen Crisis TextLINE to reach youth at risk for or exposed to opioid misuse. More than 370 youth received supportive resources or used the TextLINE to discuss opioids after expansion.
CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies
CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.
Louisiana Suicide Prevention Investment Snapshot
Preventing suicide is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) suicide prevention investments for the state of Louisiana.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for almost 46,000 deaths in 2020, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2020, 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.
In 2020 in Louisiana there were:
suicide deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)
Source: Suicide Rates by State (cdc.gov)
Comprehensive Suicide Prevention
Emergency Department Surveillance of Nonfatal Suicide-Related Outcomes (ED-SNSRO)
Louisiana is preventing suicide with CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) funding by:
- Strengthening access and delivery of suicide care
- Creating protective environments
- Promoting connectedness
- Identifying and supporting people at risk
- Syndromic surveillance
Some groups have higher rates of suicide than others. To address disparities, Louisiana is focusing on:
- Youth and young adults ages 10-19
This snapshot reflects suicide prevention priorities and activities under Year 1 funding of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CSP) Program. This information is subject to change, as the CSP state recipients are now in Year 2 funding.
Examples of How Louisiana Is Working to Prevent Suicide
|Developing data briefs
Staff from the Louisiana Office of Public Health created a data brief on suicide in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to a same-day request from Louisiana legislators. Staff used near real-time surveillance data and included graphs and data interpretation.
|Sharing surveillance data
Louisiana’s ED-SNSRO team is developing a system to rapidly share suicide-related near real-time surveillance data with partners to inform prevention activities. The team is also including a near real-time surveillance overview that can be paired with suicide prevention trainings run by partners.
CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies
Suicide is preventable and there is no single cause, so prevention requires addressing the multiple factors linked to suicide at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. As such, CDC is leading a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Such an approach aims to prevent people from becoming suicidal in the first place and support people at increased risk. CDC uses data to track and monitor suicide trends, research possible risks and what works to prevent them, and help communities put proven suicide prevention strategies into place.
CDC’s Suicide Prevention Technical Package pdf icon[PDF – 62 pages] outlines seven strategies that are based on the best available evidence to help communities and states focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.
- Near Real-Time SurveillanceImproving surveillance – collecting better and more timely data is also an important strategy to better understand, monitor, and prevent suicide and suicidal behavior. Expanding surveillance of nonfatal suicide-related outcomes (e.g., suicide attempts, suicide ideation) can help improve timeliness of data, identify spikes, and inform prevention and response.