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:

1,896

overdose deaths

42.7

overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance
Louisiana

$4,292,150

FY21 Louisiana Total Overdose Prevention Funding

 

FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Louisiana State Award: $4,217,650

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*

 

 

*average award amount

Examples of How Louisiana Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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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.

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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.

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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:

642

suicide deaths

13.8

suicide deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance
Louisiana

$798,000

FY21 Louisiana Total Suicide Prevention Funding

 

FY21 Awards

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention

  • Louisiana Department of Health: $651,000

Emergency Department Surveillance of Nonfatal Suicide-Related Outcomes (ED-SNSRO)

  • Louisiana Department of Health: $147,000
Louisiana's Priorities
Suicide Prevention

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
  • Veterans
Disclaimer

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

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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.

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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.

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    Near Real-Time Surveillance
    Improving 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.

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