Amid the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders, alcohol sales surged. Dr. Nicholas Goeders was on Red River Radio's Health Matters June 25 to talk about how the pandemic has affected alcohol and substance abuse addictions.
The Louisiana Addiction Research Center (LARC) at LSU Health Shreveport is a leader in addiction research. The LARC is committed to increasing knowledge and advancing research related to Substance Use Disorders to create a better quality of life for the citizens of our area.
The LARC synchronizes multiple areas of basic and clinical research, academia and Centers of Excellence within LSU Health Shreveport to foster collaborative, multidisciplinary research throughout Louisiana. The LARC is dedicated to developing a continuum of care in Louisiana that will leverage potential therapeutic models through these collaborations, ultimately resulting in advancing our care delivery abilities to improve outcomes in those who suffer from Substance Use Disorders.
The mission of LARC is to provide addiction research and education in an integrated environment, pursuing the latest in innovative approaches and learning. The LARC’s goal is to radically improve models of care and intervention for those with Substance Use Disorders
The American public will face unprecedented levels of alcohol and drug addiction following the COVID-19 pandemic, if this looming crisis is not already here. People don’t know where to turn; they are isolated and do not know how/where to seek help. Unemployment and furloughs are resulting in financial burdens on top of a plummeting economy. Uninsured and limited access to addiction treatment, healthcare worker stress, family strain and feelings of helplessness in assisting family members, and uncertainty about the future all compound the problem, leading to:
• Anxiety • Insomnia • Isolation • Depression • PTSD • All of which can produce increases in alcoholism and drug addiction.
After many previous disasters (e.g., the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the economic collapse of 2008-2010), there were documented increases in alcohol and drug abuse in the affected populations. However, since the health and economic crises of this pandemic are unlike anything we have ever witnessed (now more than 1,000,000 documented cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 26 million people filing for unemployment for the first time), there is no way to accurately predict the associated increases in addiction that are sure to follow. These policy briefings describe the crisis that is coming - if it is not already here.
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This video follows the research of Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Goeders as his lab unravels some of the neurobiological mysteries involved in the effects of stress on drug addiction. This work evolved over three decades and led to several patents and the founding of Embera NeuroTherapeutics, Inc. Embera is currently investigating the effects of a drug developed in Dr. Goeders’ lab and initiated Phase 2 clinical studies for cocaine use disorder in the summer of 2020. The video traces the translation of a drug from the research laboratory into the clinic.
In Memory of Dr. James Gary Booker
We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Gary Booker’s family. He was a valued faculty member and a valued member of the LARC Board who will be missed by all. He was especially beloved by students and residents who benefited from his outstanding teaching ability. His service in leading the emergency psychiatry team for the past seven years has touched countless lives due to his profound compassion for those suffering with mental illness.
“Dr. Booker believed in giving 110% to every patient and student garnering the respect of all who knew him. He was a good friend, colleague and an excellent clinician,” shared Dr James Patterson, Chair of the LSUHS Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Clinical Director of the LARC.
To make a gift to the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Psychiatry in memory of Dr. Booker, please link to the LSUHS Foundation Here.