Fewer heroin deaths in East Baton Rouge, but overdose fatalities remain at troubling levels

The Advocate - Heroin overdose deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish dropped slightly in 2016 from record levels the year before, but the news isn't much of a relief, as overdose deaths from other drugs — primarily prescription painkillers and synthetic black-market opioids like fentanyl — rose significantly.

The death toll from drug overdoses in the parish stands at 74, with two more deaths suspected to be linked to drugs still awaiting final confirmation, said Dr. William "Beau" Clark, the East Baton Rouge Coroner. In 2015, a total of 75 people died from drug overdoses, Clark said.