Former heroin addict speaks out on battle with opioids

WDSU - In light of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, a former addict is speaking out in hopes of inspiring others to seek treatment.

President Barack Obama declared the week of Sept. 18-24 to be Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. September is also National Recovery Month.

According to data from the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, the number of heroin, opioid and fentanyl overdoses exceeded the number of homicides for the first six months of 2016.