Montegut: St. John tracking 100% increase in drug overdose deaths over back-to-back years

L'Observateur - I am writing to inform the public of an alarming spike in the number of drug overdose deaths involving illegal narcotic and opiate drugs in St. John Parish.

 Autopsy statistics show that in 2014 and 2015 there were three deaths each year due to accidental overdose from opiate drugs.

In 2016 the death toll increased to six for the year, and in the first six months of 2017 we already have six confirmed overdose deaths with another suspicious case pending autopsy results as of this writing.