Opioid Crisis Discussed

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.

Drug Overdose Deaths Were 4 Times the Number of Homicides in Jefferson Parish in 2017

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.

Opioid Epidemic is Evident everywhere - even the car wash

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.