Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Health will utilize new and expanded federal grants to fight opioid abuse across the state. The CDC’s Data-Driven Prevention Initiative has awarded $540,000 to be used for increased surveillance of opioid overdoses and deaths. This funding is an extension of a grant first awarded in 2016 which allowed the Department to work with external partners to merge statewide data sources that track deaths, prescription rates and emergency room and inpatient utilization. Through its Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance initiative, the CDC has awarded a second grant for $457,702 which will be used for the establishment of a “rapid surveillance” system through a collaboration with local law enforcement agencies and coroners. This will make data on fatal and non-fatal overdoses available within weeks of the event.
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