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NEDHSA to host “Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic” theater screening at Cinemark Tinseltown West Monroe 17; free event set for May 30

NEDHSA to host "Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic" theater screening at Cinemark Tinseltown West Monroe 17; free event set for May 30

May 23, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monroe, LA – Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) is set to host a theater screening of “Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic,” a multimedia educational series that chronicles the progression of what experts deem the “worst man-made public health epidemic in American history. The theater screening is set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, at Cinemark Tinseltown West Monroe 17, at 220 Blanchard St, West Monroe, LA 71291.

NEDHSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic A. Sizer said this theater screening and community engagement strategy will help raise public awareness “by continuing to spark regional discussions and offering sound public policy solutions to help reduce the challenges associated with our current opioid epidemic.”

“We are seeing a resurgence of opioid-related treatment needs, arrests, hospitalizations, and deaths in our region and this event will help inspire others to work with us, bringing resilience into our Northeast Louisiana,” Dr. Sizer said.

Dr. Sizer will also be sharing clinical, research, and public policy insights prior to the showing of the documentary.

Filmed in the opioid epidemic ground zeros of Seattle, Kentucky, and New Hampshire, the documentary features poignant stories from those hit hardest by prescription opioid addiction and overdose death. The documentary is narrated by Golden Globe®-winning actor Ed Harris.

Professionals who register to attend the video theater screening can receive 2.5 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

NEDHSA is the state provider for Region 8 and oversees the administration of its Opioid Response Plan. This plan is tasked with decreasing the effects of the opioid epidemic in Northeast Louisiana through five pillars the state’s response has been built on: surveillance, prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. 

NEDHSA, through its Prevention and Wellness Department, provides the Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention Program (OMAPP), which is funded by the Louisiana State Opioid Response (LaSOR) Grant that provides services such as Narcan training and distribution, safe medication storage and disposal products, grief counseling, nursing and peer support services through the crisis mobile team and evidenced-based programs like LifeSkills and Generation Rx. All of these services are provided at no cost to all who reside in our catchment area.

On June 13, NEDHSA will host its annual Opioid Summit at ULM Bayou Pointe Event Center. NEDHSA’s Opioid Summit is an opportunity for behavioral health professionals, primary healthcare workers, law enforcement, federal, state, and local officials, clergy, and advocates to come together and collaborate on how to meet this complex societal issue with action. NARCAN training and distribution will also be available to all attendees.

Dr. Sizer added: “Our current opioid crisis will be mitigated when we learn how to effectively work across race, class, governmental silos, and political divisions. Additionally, opioid addiction will be mitigated once we develop enough compassion for those addicted and get them the evidence-based treatment they need, work to reduce those negative social determinants that drive their addiction, and help the people addicted to opioids find something to live for other than drugs.” 

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For more information contact, Opioid Use Disorder Prevention Manager Kara Etienne at kara.etienne@la.gov.

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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