Cenla Human Services District teaches about opioid abuse at Lunch & Learn

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - As the U.S. continues to combat the opioid epidemic, here at home, the Central Louisiana Human Services District brought awareness to the growing problem with a Lunch & Learn on Friday.

Cenla Human Services District holding a Lunch and Learn. | Photo Source: KALB

International Overdose Awareness Day isn't until the Aug. 31, but people gathered at the Westside Library in Alexandria to get a head start and learn about local opioid abuse issues and what the organization is doing to help.

Special guest Lilly Harvey, the mother of Camille Harvey of Alexandria who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2017, gave her testimony about her and her daughter's experience with opioid abuse.

Facts about the effects of opioids were shared, and those in attendance were even given free Narcan, a medicine used to treat a narcotic overdose.

"We wanted to let people know about the resources in this community, including our own Caring Choices clinics,” said outreach coordinator Cheryl Dubois. “We have four clinics in Central Louisiana that do treat mental health and addictive services."

Dubois also said there will be an event on Aug. 31 for International Overdose Awareness Day. That information will be released soon.

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