Drug addiction is one of the greatest health epidemics of our time. Overdose deaths have more than doubled in the past 6 years and continue to rise. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes. Addiction is not a choice, a moral failing, or a result of “bad decisions.” Addiction is a medically proven disease, just like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. And it’s just as life-threatening if left untreated. We are often asked if someone that abuses drugs can become a donor. The fact is that addiction is a medical condition and medical conditions do not rule out the potential for someone to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. A person’s ability to donate is determined after death has occurred.
- Know the Signs of Addiction
- How To Help Someone With Drug Addiction
- Learn the Facts
- Help End the Heroin Epidemic
- Find Help & Treatment for a Substance Use Disorder
- Learn More and Help Fight the Stigma
- Properly dispose of unused medication in Louisiana or use Deterra Pouches
- Get trained to administer Naloxone
- Talk to Your Children About Drugs
- Addiction Center: Guiding You From Rehab to Recovery
- Find a detox or rehab program - Withdrawal.net
- Find a drug treatment center - Drug Treatment Center Finder
- Pick the Right Rehab, Reclaim Your Life! - rehabs.com
- The Alcohol Awareness Council
- Alcohol Rehab Guide
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression:
The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as the brain's response to any demand. Many things, including change can trigger this response. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived. The effects of stress build up over time and may lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, anxiety disorders, and depression.
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Resources:
Suicide is NEVER the answer, getting help is the answer.
In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO), conservatively estimated that over 800,000 people die globally by suicide each year, about one death every 40 seconds. The true figure is likely larger, but the stigma associated with suicide, lack of reliable death recording procedures and religious or legal sanctions against suicide in some countries make counts inaccurate. Data issued in 2013 from the American Association of Suicidology shows the national rate of suicide is 13 per 100,000. In the same year, Louisiana's rate was 12.6 per 100,000. The number of lives lost each year due to suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. In 2013, 583 Louisianans died by suicide.
- Louisiana Department of Health
Suicide Prevention Resources:
Transplant Recipient Services:
Resources for patients awaiting transplants and recipients of transplants.
- National Kidney Foundation - Phone: (800) 462-3694 & e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- HelpHopeLive (formerly NTAF) - Phone: (800) 642-8399 & e-mail: email@example.com
- The National Foundation for Transplants - Phone: (800) 489-3863 & e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) - Phone: (800) 366-2682 & e-mail: email@example.com
- National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) - Assists potential living donors with the following expenses - Phone: (888) 870-5002 & e-mail: NLDAC@livingdonorassistance.org
- Patient assistance programs for post-transplant medications:
Astellas - Phone: (800) 477-6472, Prograf and Astagraf
Genentech - Phone: (888) 754-7651, Cellcept and Valcyte
Novartis - Phone: (800) 277-2254, Myfortic, Neoral and Zortress
Pfizer Rx Pathways - Phone: (877) 744-5675, Rapamune
- Non-profit agencies may assist with maintenance and post-transplant medications as well as insurance premiums:
Healthwell Foundation - Phone: (800) 675-8416
Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF) - Phone: (866) 316-7263