When it comes to the total increase of drug overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020, the state of Louisiana has the misfortune of being at the top of the list. According to WDSU News, in-state overdose deaths jumped up by more than 50% during the time period. To repeat, no other state’s death count rose by as much as Louisiana’s did. Making matters worse, it ranked third highest among all states for opioid prescriptions per capita in 2018. The same year, more than 45% of Louisiana adults with an SMI (serious mental illness) did not receive any mental health treatment. This was second most only to Alaska. We want to help. The following hotlines are available to all residents of the Pelican State, and the last two are available nationally. If you or someone you love needs help, please call whichever hotline is most suitable, and please call today.
Louisiana Department of Health
The National Alliance on Mental Illness partners with all states to provide mental health and/or substance abuse assistance, and their Louisiana chapter can be reached at 1-800-821-4357 or by texting “NAMI” to 741741.
National Rehab Hotline
Available around the clock, 365 days a year, the National Rehab Hotline is free and confidential. An accredited specialist will answer after a few short rings and be there to help you through a substance abuse or mental health crisis. Give them a call at 1-866-210-1303 today.