Louisiana law enforcement train to investigate opioid deaths

KALB - Police officers and prosecutors from agencies around Louisiana are training to investigate and bring to court cases involving deaths from opioid abuse, as such deaths are on the rise.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office hosted the all-day education session Tuesday in Baton Rouge, coordinating with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.

RPSO battling opioid abuse with prescription drug drop-off box

KALB - Joining forces with law enforcement departments in the state to battle opioid addiction, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is placing a prescription drug drop-off box at the court house.

Attorney General Jeff Landry attended a press conference at the Rapides Parish Court House Tuesday to announce the placement of the box, and to discuss what his administration has been doing to decrease opioid use.

State, parishes sue over opioid costs

WWL - America's opioid crisis isn't just claiming lives, it's also costing local governments millions to try to fight it.

On Wednesday, the city of New Orleans will consider following several other parishes in filing suit against more than a dozen drug companies. The lawsuits, including one filed by the state, claim the companies have flooded Louisiana with opiods to boost their profits.

Abita Springs to see addiction treatment center open on grounds of historic Longbranch Hotel

The Advocate - Transforming the historic Longbranch Hotel in Abita Springs into an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center drew skepticism in the small St. Tammany Parish town when plans for the center first surfaced in 2015.

Residents worried that the facility would drive property values down and crime up, despite assurances to the contrary from those launching the venture.

Now, as the Longbranch Retreat & Recovery Center prepares to open on the camellia-dotted grounds along La. 36, local misgivings have mostly evaporated, and law enforcement officials are hailing the facility as an answer to the growing addiction problem on the north shore. 

Calcasieu, four other parishes sue opioid manufacturers

KATC - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has joined four other sheriffs to sue opioid manufacturers.

Laborde Earles, a Louisiana law firm, filed the suits today on behalf of Mancuso and sheriffs in Washington, Ouachita, Sabine and Vernon parishes against pharmaceutical companies and physicians over the alleged fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to increased crime and delinquency across Louisiana.

Montegut: St. John tracking 100% increase in drug overdose deaths over back-to-back years

L'Observateur - Autopsy statistics show that in 2014 and 2015 there were three deaths each year due to accidental overdose from opiate drugs.

In 2016 the death toll increased to six for the year, and in the first six months of 2017 we already have six confirmed overdose deaths with another suspicious case pending autopsy results as of this writing.