WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant the Louisiana Department of Health $4,861,204 to improve response efforts and preventative measures for fatal drug overdoses in Louisiana. This funding comes from the federal program Overdose Data to Action (OD2A).
“Louisiana’s drug overdose deaths have been hitting record highs,” said Dr. Cassidy. “We need to give first responders the tools they need to save lives.”
Last month, Cassidy co-led a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the fentanyl crisis. He laid out a strategy to combat the surge in fentanyl and overdose deaths. He also urged Congress to pass, the HALT Fentanyl Act to permanently make fentanyl a Schedule I drug and called on the Biden administration to secure the southern border.