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La. Department of Health works on disaster plan for prescriptions at shelters

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health said the state is working on a plan to be ready for the next big disaster. 

Dr. Rebekah Gee said the state does not currently have a plan in place for the prescription drugs that people would need in shelters. That would include seizure medication and anti-psychotics drugs as well as strict prescriptions for opioids to help those people who would suffer withdrawal. 

Gee said the department is now working to change that and come up with a plan for the future. 

"I was working with the national pharmacy chains to come up with a plan so that in the future we won't have to do it with a wing and a prayer," Gee said. "We do it with a plan that we've constructed previously that includes the potential of something like a van that comes that's pre-stocked, or pharmacies that have previously donated supplies and we know exactly what those are."

She said special thanks are needed for Louisiana Independent Pharmacists, who donated 8,000 prescription drugs even with no promise of ever getting paid. 

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