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.
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.