New Woman's Hospital program targets growing problem of babies born to opioid-addicted moms

The Advocate - The number of women in those situations has risen sharply over the past several years in Louisiana, and the rate of Louisiana babies exposed to opioids in the womb who later went through painful withdrawals quadrupled between 2005 and 2015. Women who have been through the ordeal have described struggling during their pregnancies to find acceptance and help to overcome their addictions.

Now, a new program is being launched in Louisiana that hospital leaders and state officials say they hope will address that problem. 

St. Charles Sheriff advocates lowering opioid prescriptions

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St. Charles Herald Guide - From prosecutor to sheriff, Greg Champagne witnessed firsthand the emergence of the opioid crisis and it’s why he knows it’s a problem so prevalent that it has to be addressed on multiple fronts.

“As a prosecutor in the 80s and early 90s, I saw no heroin cases,” said Champagne. “Now, since the Mexican cartels have implemented it as their main product, it is everywhere.”

'We'll meet him again:' Families remember those lost to overdoses

Town Talk - The faces are smiling, with the exception of the stoic U.S. Marine, but the photos represent heartache for each family who donated them to a memorial wall on Friday.

A group formed by Lilly Harvey, a woman who has battled addiction and lost her daughter to a fentanyl overdose in 2017, held an event in Alexandria City Park that coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day.

New Orleans, Chinese officials announce international investigation into fentanyl ring

The Advocate - For years, U.S. officials have complained that Chinese laboratories are a major source of illicit fentanyl, the potent opioid that has driven a stunning increase in overdose deaths on this side of the Pacific.

On Wednesday, Chinese and American law enforcement officers stood side-by-side at the U.S. Custom House in New Orleans to announce what they billed as a first-of-its-kind joint investigation into fentanyl production.

'An equal opportunity destroyer': Opioid addiction pushes New Orleans treatment centers to capacity

The Times-Picayune - The people seeking help for drug addiction at Bridge House/Grace House in New Orleans have been getting younger and younger over the last four years.

Kevin Gardere, the executive development director at the organization, said that last year about 31 percent of the 808 people served at the center were under 30 years old. Roughly half were addicted to opiates.

Justice Department, DEA propose more cuts to opioid drug manufacturing

The Times-Picayune - U.S. drug manufacturers may soon face tighter production quotas on six opioids that are prone to abuse. The limits, part of a proposal from the Trump administration, would reduce drug production by 10 percent over the next year.

The new limits are part of the Trump administration's "Safe Prescribing Plan," which seeks to decrease how much fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, oxycodone and oxymorphone is produced in the country. The administration aims to cut production of those drugs by one-third over the next three years.

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids.

Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said he's directing Sessions to file a separate lawsuit, rather than joining existing lawsuits filed by states affected by the spread of the often-lethal, highly-addictive drugs.

St. Helena Sheriff’s Office gets Drug Take Back Box from AG

Action News - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced a new tool for the citizens of St. Helena Parish to aid them in fighting the opioid epidemic.

Last year, General Landry began an effort to place prescription drug take back boxes in every parish throughout Louisiana. Today, one of these boxes has been placed in St. Helena with the hope that residents will drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs – rather than having them remain in their homes, easily accessible to experimenters or addicts.

Port Police receive boost in fight against overdoses

The Lafourche Gazette - Local first responders have new resources to help them fight the opioid epidemic plaguing our state. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has granted the Greater Lafourche Port Commission Police Department vouchers for several vials of Naloxone, a prescription medication that counteracts the effects of opioids to restore breathing during an overdose.

Attorney General Jeff Landry talks about the Louisiana opioid epidemic

KNOE - Flanked by State Senator Fred Mills, leadership from LHC Group, and numerous hospice care workers from Acadiana – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced another partnership to help end our State's opioid epidemic.

Following passage of SB 26 – legislation that grants nurses and hospice organizations the lawful ability to dispose of controlled substances upon the deaths of their patients, General Landry revealed a new partnership with Mallinckrodt that makes available for free 30,000 drug deactivation pouches to Louisiana hospice providers.