Coroner: Drug-related deaths surpass homicides for first time in N.O. history

WVUE - Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse released a grim report Monday highlighting accidental drug-related deaths in 2016.

Rouse said in 2016, there were more than double the number of deaths than in 2015, and it is likely the first time that drug-related deaths have surpassed homicides in the history of New Orleans.

Rouse released numbers showing there were 211 drug-related deaths in 2016 as compared to 92 drug-related deaths in 2015.