La. has high

depression rate

Louisiana was found to have the 11th worst access to mental health care in the nation which played a role in its depression rate increasing by 24.06% from 2014 to 2018. That is the 2nd biggest rate increase in the nation.

17.3 million Americans suffer from depression and even more with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). So to help bring awareness, our team analyzed CDC depression rate data in each state over a five year period (2014 to 2018) to see which states have the biggest increase or decrease of depression rates, the highest/lowest average depression rate, as well as access to mental health care.

Key Findings:

Over the last 5 years, Louisiana saw an overall average rate of depression at 15.28%.

Oregon, West Virginia and Maine have the highest avg. rate of depression.

California, NJ, and Hawaii have the lowest avg. rate of depression.

Alaska, Louisiana, and Tennessee saw the largest increase in depression.

New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Connecticut saw the largest decrease in depression.

You can find a full report here:

Minimum age

changed to 21

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it is against the law to sell tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other vapor smoking products to anyone under the age of 21. An amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, signed by the president on Dec. 20, 2019, raises the minimum age for purchasing those products from 18 to 21 nationwide.

Louisiana law has not been amended to address this change. However, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and TobaccoControladvises Louisiana retailers that federal agencies may enforce this change in federal law.