The Louisiana Department of Health’s Region 7 Office of Public Health (Northwest Louisiana) will host a Spring Opioid Symposium from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Northwestern State University, Russell Hall Room 107, 175 Sam Sibley Drive, Natchitoches.

The symposium will focus on opioid use disorder (OUD) during and after pregnancy. About 7% of women reported using prescription opioid pain relievers during pregnancy, according to 2019 self-reported data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Presentations include:

  • Social work perspectives
  • Pregnancy and OUD
  • Supporting prenatal and postpartum mothers with OUD: “A Compassionate Toolkit”
  • Improving health outcomes for women with OUD
  • The law enforcement side of OUD
  • Northwest Louisiana’s Mobile Crisis Response 
  • Narcan training and demonstration on its use in an overdose incident
  • One individual’s recovery story

No-cost Continuing Education Units are available for social workers, nurses and EMS professionals with registration and completion of the symposium.

The symposium is being held in collaboration with Northwestern State University and its Department of Social Work, the Pi Delta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society and Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

To view the agenda and register, click here. Both in-person and virtual attendance are available. 

For questions, contact Region 7 Opioid Prevention Coordinator Yolanda Duckworth at