Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Threatens Texas to Mobile, Including New Orleans


National Alliance of Methadone Advocates
Press Release

Contact Person:
Joycelyn Woods, Executive Director

For Release
August 31, 2008


While most Americans are enjoying the Labor Day Weekend residents from Galveston. TX to Mobile, Alabama are being warned about Hurricane Gustav. In the middle of the estimated path is New Orleans.


NAMA has already begun to get phone calls from patients in the area who are being told to evacuate.  One patient was just given 4 days medication and no other instructions in the case they could not return.  Neither were they provided with a letter stating their dose and other information.

Advise to Patients

If you need to evacuate get a letter from your clinic.  The standard Travel Letter that is given to patients should be enough that states you are patient, that you need to take ____ mgs of methadone a day and information about contacting the clinic.

Get a list of programs in the area in case you can not get back to your program and the State Methadone Authority.


New Orleans Programs

DRD New Orleans Medical Clinic
417 South Johnson Street
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 524-4701

Desire Narcotic Rehabilitation Ctr Inc
4116 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA 70126 (504) 301-8871

New Orleans Narcotic Treatment Center
7606 Westbank Expressway
Marrero, LA 70072 (504) 347-1120

Choices of Louisiana Inc
128 Woodland Drive
La Place, LA 70068 (985) 651-3777

Baton Rouge Treatment Center Inc
11445 Reiger Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (225) 932-9867

If you need a program farther than New Orleans or you are in another state you can use the Treatment Facility Locator at:

State Methadone Authorities

Brenda  Lands
Louisiana Office for Addictive Disorders 
1201 Capital Access Road, 4th Floor 
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Telephone: (225) 342-8735 
Fax: (225) 342-3931 

Christine  Ramirez
1100 West 49th Street 
Austin, TX 78756-3199
Telephone: (512) 834-6700 x2146 
Fax: (512) 834-6638 

Robert  Wynn
Department of Mental Health
P.O. Box 301410, 100 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
Telephone: (334) 242-3956
Fax: (334) 242-0759


NAMA will continue to post information as it becomes available.

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