Efforts to stem substance abuse topic of town hall session

September 30, 2009 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

*published Sept. 30, 2009


The parish’s top prosecutor urged the community to play a part in the effort to combat substance abuse and its associated crimes.

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier was among area health and law enforcement officials talking about their cooperative endeavor to contain the abuse of controlled substances at a town hall session at the SWLA Center for Health Services.

“We’ve made a lot of progress on the legislation side,” DeRosier said. “But we also need the community’s involvement. People have to stand up and say they have had enough.”

DeRosier noted legislation that amends the seconddegree murder charge to apply it to when a person overdoses from someone else’s prescription medicine.

Judge Guy Bradberry of the 14th Judicial District’s Juvenile and Family Court talked about the district’s drug-free court.

The court works in-depth with 30 juveniles for 18 months.

“We begin intensive therapy, counseling, whatever we can do to stop this systemic cycle that keeps them in the justice system,” Bradberry said.

Bradberry said that once a week almost a dozen different agencies meet to discuss each child’s profile and progress.

“Another big part of this program is that we also get to go into the home,” Bradberry said. “Because you have to know that they have that stable environment.”

Other panel members included Calcasieu Parish Coroner Terry Welke, who talked about how legislation limiting the prescribing of pain killing medication in Louisiana and Texas has cut the number of overdoses in half.

Kayla Allison of the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, which focuses on HIV education and testing, spoke of talks to teenagers about the correlation between drug use and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

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