Opioid roundtable scheduled at LITE

Posted at 4:21 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 17:21:21-04

A roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic is set for April 13, at 1:30 pm at the LITE Center.

“USDA has resources to help rural communities fight opioid addiction,” says state USDA Rural Development Director Carrie Castille. “In October 2017, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed that deaths from drug overdoses in rural areas have now surpassed drug overdose death rates in urban areas. There are no signs that the numbers are dropping or even leveling off, which is why partnering with rural leaders to address this crisis is critical to the future of Louisiana.”

Key topics will include challenges associated with substance use disorder; strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery; and how these measures can be replicated to effectively address the epidemic in other rural communities.

Throughout the day, top leaders in healthcare will discuss the opioid epidemic and how to manage usage, treatment and prevention. The USDA RD Opioid Roundtable Discussion confirmed speakers are:

  • U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD.
  • Dr. Carrie Castille, USDA Rural Development State Director
  • Betty-Anne Bryce, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Asst. to the Secretary for Rural Development
  • Dr. Esteban Gershanik, Louisiana Department of Health Chief Information Officer and Health Informatics Director for the Office of Public Health
  • Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health
  • Dr. Vincent Culotta, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Practice Residency Program
  • Karen Stubbs, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Behavioral Health, Louisiana Department of Health
  • The Hon. Judge Blair Edwards, 21st Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court Judge
  • Randy Henagan – Louisiana Department of Justice – Attorney General’s Office
  • Lee Jones, USDA Rural Development Assistant State Director

The USDA Opioid Roundtable Discussion is in conjunction with the Opioid Healthcare Summit. Stakeholders interested in attending can register at This event is hosted by the Center for Business & Information Technologies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. ULL will also kick-off the CajunCodeFest. The CajunCodeFest is looking for the next innovative idea, app, software, device, etc. focusing on the opioid healthcare exploring use treatment and prevention. Find out more

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact me.

Thanking you in advance for helping to promote resources to help address the opioid epidemic!