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Louisiana Addiction Research Center gains full approval from LSU Board - Louisiana Illuminator

The Louisiana Board of Supervisors approved the Louisiana Addiction Research Center on LSU’s Shreveport campus Friday.

“The mission of the (Louisiana Addiction Research Center) is to provide addiction research and education in an integrated environment pursuing the latest in innovative approaches,” LS U Interim VP and Provost Matt Lee said to the board.

North Louisiana has some of the highest per capita rates of methamphetamine — commonly known as meth — use in the United States, Lee said.

The center was established with conditional approval in 2019 by the Louisiana Board of Regents, but still needs full approval from the regents to become a research center . The LSU board’s approval is the second to last step in that process.

The center has worked with local law enforcement and drug addiction centers in Shreveport on their research and education, David Lewis, acting chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, said.

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Lee Mallett, an LSU board member, said he “is very impressed” that LSU is making the effort to study addiction.

“More lives are damaged by (addiction) than anything I’ve ever seen in my life,” Mallett said.

LSU Health Shreveport spokesperson Lisa Babin said she anticipates the center will receive the regents’ final approval at its meeting on January 6, 2022.