9/3 Heroin Town Hall Meeting- Handouts and Agenda

JPACC is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on heroin use in our parish. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, 200 Derbigny, Gretna, LA.

This event is a great opportunity for members of Jefferson Parish and the surrounding areas to learn more about the growing epidemic of heroin use in Louisiana. The guest speakers for the event are the Jefferson Parish Coroner, Dr. Gerald “Gerry” Cvitanovich, Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Deputy Director Don Petty, Dr. Angela Alexander from Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority and Ysonde Hobbs of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. Speakers will discuss the availability of heroin and other drugs locally and nationally, overdose trends, the physical and medical effects of opiates and the effects of Narcan (Naloxone) as a treatment method for overdoses.

The impact of heroin use is felt all across the United States, with heroin being identified as the most or one of the most important drug abuse issues affecting several local regions from coast to coast. The use of heroin is spreading across the southeast portion of the state and is reportedly the second largest drug threat within the state.  Heroin use has remained consistent in the New Orleans area and is considered by law enforcement to be a regional marketplace for the drug. 

Below is the agenda as well as handouts for reference on heroin and opioid use with both local and national data.