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Louisiana Addiction Research Center gains full approval from LSU Board

By: - December 10, 2021 4:50 pm

A scientist in a white lab coat does research at the Louisiana Addiction Research Center. (Courtesy of LSU Shreveport)

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,” LSU 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.


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.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.