East Baton Rouge Parish is facing a spike in overdose deaths.
Annual Statistics in East Baton Rouge Parish:
2012 - 28 overdose deaths
2019 - 127 overdose deaths 2020 - 245 overdose deaths (final count will be out in the coming weeks)
Faith-based leaders have an important role to play in helping educate people about the dangers of opioid misuse, offering support for those affected by the opioid crisis, and directing people to treatment services in their community.
Capital Area Human Services has developed a practical toolkit, that can serve as a jump start to increase awareness within the faith communities.