Life-saving antidote helps local police combat opioid epidemic

Houma Today - Lafourche Parish sheriff’s deputies found a man suffering from a heroin overdose in his bathtub on March 19 and used another drug to save his life.

The man was gasping for air with shallow breathing and his lips began to turn purple, authorities said. Deputies quickly used an emergency antidote drug called naloxone to revive him, and he was transported to a local hospital.

New law aimed at combating opioid crisis

Beauregard Daily News - Currently, hospice patients’ family members are responsible for disposing of their drugs after the patient dies. If signed into law, the legislation by Senator Fred Mills would require hospice providers dispose of said drugs.

The state is providing a new tool for hospice providers to get rid of opioids. “Once you put the opioids in this bag and seal it up, they become household waste,” says Mills.

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

The Associated Press - Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers.

New law aimed at combating opioid crisis

KATC - A new law designed to help battle the state's opioid crisis is now on the governor's desk.

Right now, family members of hospice patients are responsible for disposing of their drugs after the patient dies. If signed into law, the legislation by Senator Fred Mills would require hospice providers to dispose of a patient's drugs, and the state is providing a new tool to hospice providers to get rid of opioids.

Born Addicted: Louisiana's Rate of Newborns Dependent on Opioids Rising, Pregnant Women Lack Treatment Options

The Advocate - Six hours after Kemper Roach was born, it grew clear something was wrong. Jitters took over his 6-pound body. Wails rose from his throat. Nothing could comfort him. “It got horrific,” his father remembered. It was the addiction taking hold. Less than a day old, Kemper was suffering from opioid withdrawal.


Making A Difference For Prescription Drug Safety

Straight Talk LA - Here at Straight Talk, we’re usually talking about things that drive up your healthcare and health insurance costs. So, it’s nice to be able to share some good news with all of you!

As I wrote about last year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has been leading the way in promoting prescription drug safety and doing our part to combat the national opioid epidemic, which is particularly acute here in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge Grandmother Becomes One of Many Newfound Guardians Amid State, National Opioid Crisis

The Advocate - Ava’s blonde hair sticks straight up in the air after she whizzes down her favorite slide at the playground. She lets her grandma, Rhonda Rasbury, tame the static buzzing around her head. And then she’s off to the next part of the playground, a bundle of energy and cheerfulness. Most of the time, she’s like this. She likes to sing along to the “Frozen” soundtrack in the car. Her T-ball coach has deemed her the most aggressive athlete on the field. She makes top grades in kindergarten.

But sometimes, mostly at night, she cries, asking where her mom has gone, why her mom doesn’t bring her to school anymore, why her mom can’t tuck her in. They've gone eight months without seeing each other.

Drug Take Back events are April 28th

The Daily News - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging Louisiana residents to participate in the day’s numerous events around the State.

“More than half of the patients prescribed opioid painkillers have or expect to have extra pills left over, and one-fifth of those individuals share their pills with a friend or family member,” Landry said. “This is a problem of epidemic proportions, and we want to do all we legally can to end it.”

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department Receives Boost in Fight Against Opioid Overdose

KALB - Local first responders have new resources to help them fight the opioid epidemic plaguing our State.

At the request of Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's office has granted the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department 20 vials of naloxone, a prescription medication that counteracts the effects of opioids to restore breathing during an overdose. The life-saving drugs were made available through a $1 million legal settlement between General Landry and Pfizer.

Local agency awarded $3 million grant to tackle growing opioid epidemic

WDSU - A $3 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has been awarded to the Metropolitan Human Services District, working in Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, in response to the growing opioid epidemic.

The grant will fund outreach, detox, rehabilitation and other recovery services over three years. The goal is to reach those who cannot afford the medical treatment necessary to overcome opioid addiction.