Opioid session

WHAT: Meeting on establishing safe and successful treatment programs for treatment of opioid addiction and abuse

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29

WHERE: Capital Area Human Services, 4615 Government St., Building No. 2, Baton Rouge

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

DETAILS: The Behavioral Health Collaborative will present the next in a series of programs to educate the public and providers on community needs to respond to the opioid epidemic with a goal of developing a continuum of care for the region. The focus will be on establishing safe and successful treatment programs that incorporate Vivitrol and Suboxone medications for individuals in treatment for opioid addiction and abuse. Presentations will include treatment approaches and Medicaid and grant support for services and private insurer initiatives. The speakers will be Dr. Louis Cataldie, Dr. Arwen Podesta, pharmacist Sue Fontenot and clinical pharmacist Brice L. Mohundro.

Lupus awareness

WHAT: Lupus Awareness Breakfast

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

WHERE: Council on Aging, 3351 Jefferson St., Baker

RSVP: (225) 774-7999

DETAILS: October is Lupus Awareness Month in Louisiana. Free literature will be provided. Open to the public.

Breast cancer luncheon

WHAT: Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge's seventh annual Perfectly Pink, A Luncheon for Life

WHEN: Noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

WHERE: L’Auberge Casino and Hotel

TICKETS: Survivors, $30; general tickets, $40. komenbatonrouge.org

DETAILS: Speakers are Holly Clegg, author of the Trim and Terrific cookbook series and a columnist for The Advocate, and Dr. Abenaa Brewster, Komen Scholar, Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention, and Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The event also includes a silent auction, raffle and a survivor fashion show in partnership with Dillard’s at Mall of Louisiana. Additionally, this year’s luncheon will honor WAFB's Donna Britt, a breast cancer survivor, for the support she has offered Komen Baton Rouge throughout the years. Proceeds from the event support Komen Baton Rouge’s mission and work within its 10-parish service area.