Heroin epidemic continues to plague Baton Rouge: National awareness week

WAFB - Deaths attributed to a lethal does of heroin have become so prevalent in the United States that President Obama has declared September 18-24 as National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.  

"Each year, more Americans die from drug overdoses than in traffic accidents, and more than three out of five of these deaths involved an opioid," states the proclamation. "Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioid pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl, has nearly quadrupled." 

Baton Rouge has not escaped the realities of the deadly drug. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark first noticed a spike in heroin-related deaths in 2013.