Louisiana health leaders call on doctors to end overprescribing of opioids

WDSU - As the White House forms a commission to tackle a nationwide epidemic on opioid addiction, health leaders in Louisiana have been working for the better part of a year to come up with methods to stop the crisis.

Health leaders said 95 percent of long-term opioid users began the road to misuse by taking pain medications prescribed by a doctor. Those experts are now looking at ways to get doctors to change their prescribing methods and look at alternative forms of treatment other than opioids.