Opioid misuse spikes in Louisiana, prompting lawmakers to take action

WDSU - It's being described as a crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33,000 people have died across the U.S. in 2015 from opioid overdoses.

And Louisiana has one of the highest rates in the country with 861 deaths, officials said.

"We definitely have a problem," said Dr. SreyRam Kuy with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. "This isn't just something that's happening on the East Coast or in the big cities. This is happening across the whole country."