BATON ROUGE – Ava Dejoie, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, released the following statement today on the passage of HCR 113 by Representative LeBas and Senator Mills in the House of Representatives to establish the Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse:
Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Ava Dejoie said, “We congratulate and applaud Representative Harvey LeBas and Senator Fred Mills for championing the cause of addressing Louisiana’s crippling opioid addiction problem. As the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, it is essential that government agencies, medical providers, academic leaders and nonprofit organizations come together to research and present new policies and procedures to reduce the abuse of opioids in Louisiana.”
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee said, “Doctors should employ a more balanced approach to treat chronic pain involving physical therapy and compound medications with less reliance on opioid medication. From improving the general health of our citizens to helping to prevent injured workers from succumbing to a destructive addiction while trying to get healthy enough to return to work, both of our agencies are committed to pioneering innovative strategies to combat this problem.”
HCR 113 now moves to the Senate side for final approval where Senator Mills will lead the effort to pass the measure.
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
About the Department of Health and Hospitals
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. To learn more about DHH, visit www.dhh.la.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's Twitter account and Facebook.
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