Pratt: Louisiana takes action to fight opioid epidemic

L'ObservateurDrug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way.

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States, and more than 60 percent of these deaths involve an opioid (pain pill).

When we think of drug abuse, many times we think of illegal drugs, but much of the time drug addiction starts with a prescription. Over 40 people die every day for overdoses involving prescription opioids.