Victory in opioid abuse fight

American Press - A recent settlement involving the pharmaceutical company Pfizer will provide law enforcement and fire departments statewide with a product that could aid in preventing opioid overdoses and protect officers during drug searches.

Within the next 30-60 days, law enforcement agencies should be able to apply for a voucher to get vials of the anti-opiate medication Naloxone, Attorney General Jeff Landry said during a press conference Monday. He said the settlement provided $1 million for the agencies to get vouchers for the medication. 

Each voucher, developed by the Louisiana Department of Justice, will be good for 10 dosages of Naloxone that can be filled be a local pharmacy. Law enforcement can request additional vouchers as they need them.