KATC - The 6th annual CajunCodeFest will focus their efforts this year on developing code for the management, treatment, and prevention of the Opioid Epidemic plaguing America.
KATC - A roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic is set for April 13, at 1:30 pm at the LITE Center. “USDA has resources to help rural communities fight opioid addiction,” says state USDA Rural Development Director Carrie Castille.
Leesville Daily Leader - A nationwide law enforcement action aimed at shining a light on those who use the dark web to buy and sell illegal opiates has resulted in hundreds of interactions and arrests of individuals who may have considered their seemingly anonymous online transactions beyond the reach of authorities.
WAFB - The nation’s top doctor issued a rare advisory, urging more people to learn how to use naloxone, the opioid antidote. The Surgeon General addressed the deadly nationwide opioid epidemic by saying users or loved ones of opioid users could save lives by knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it nearby.
BR Proud - Louisiana's growing opioid epidemic is causing death and destruction in our communities but the Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) is hoping to make a difference.
The Town Talk - U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy met with local law enforcement and other stakeholders Wednesday to discuss what has become one of his signature issues — opioid abuse.
The round table discussion included first responders, judges, district attorneys and health officials, among others.
Bogalusa Daily News - The Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services heard a presentation from Heather Gernold, State Targeted Response Coordinator, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority, on Tuesday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Church in Bogalusa. Thirty-five people were in attendance.
Highlights of her presentation included the fact that Washington Parish had 35-40 opioid related deaths from 2012-2016 and that Narcan, the opioid antidote, is now available at Walgreen and CVS. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin.
WAFB - The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers.
The association announced a new policy Monday that "essentially says eliminate opioids from your arsenal if at all possible," said Dr. Joseph Crowley, the group's president. The Chicago-based group represents around 161,000 dentists.
Nola - There were more than four times the number of drug-related deaths in Jefferson Parish in 2017 than homicides.
There were 173 overdose deaths, according to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's office, and 42 homicides in 2017. A total of 139 of the overdose deaths were opioid/ opiate related. Suicides are included in some of the overdose deaths reported last year.
Mid-City Messenger - New Orleans Police have kickstarted a new program meant to reduce the number of leftover prescription painkillers in homes and neighborhoods.
The NOPD, in partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, are now offering prescription drug drop-off boxes inside every NOPD station.
Houma Today - So far, our nation has been unsuccessful in battling the stubborn and tragic opioid crisis, which has claimed far too many lives already.
Mothers and fathers have seen their children fall prey to addiction and overdose as the deadly outbreak has struck communities across the U.S. – including our own here in Terrebonne and Lafourche.
Daily Comet - Deputies used an emergency antidote drug to save a Bayou Blue man from an apparent opioid overdose, Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre said today.
WWLTV - "I made more money selling drugs, and using then I would have made on the job," said Ben Smith.
Smith knows first hand how drugs led him down the wrong path. He was convicted of his crimes and served 13 years at Angola prison.
WDSU - State and local officials unveiled a new effort to combat the opioid crisis.
WGNO - For the second time in a little over a month, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have helped save a life by administering naloxone to an overdose victim.
Nola - President Donald Trump's proposal to use the death penalty on some convicted drug dealers as part of his plan to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths is worth considering, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said.
Daily World - One of the nation's and my office's main concerns is the opioid addiction. That is why we teamed up with Attorney General Jeff Landry and the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance to take action.
Bastrop Enterprise - Headlines are dominated by the “o” word: opioid. Deaths from prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone have more than quadrupled since 1999, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, the National Institute on Drug Abuse cites an average of 115 American deaths daily due to an opioid overdose.
Uptown Messenger - A quick visit to a Mid-City car wash recently became an unexpected lesson for me in the deadly prevalence of our nation’s opioid epidemic when two quick-thinking customers realized that an unresponsive couple whose car was still running had just overdosed. Within minutes of placing 911 calls, a plethora of police, fire and EMS personnel arrived to administer the live-saving drug Naloxone, an antidote medication that reverses opiate overdoses.
The Town Talk - Litigation against companies that manufacture and distribute opioids could mean billions of dollars for local government across the country. Rapides Parish could soon join the rush of lawsuits.