Ochsner Health System receives $1.6 million to combat opioid strait

WVLA - Louisiana's growing opioid epidemic is causing destruction across the capital city. Ochsner Health System is hoping to make a difference with a $1.6 million grant given by the National Institutes of Health.

We're told the grant will be used over a four-year period to assist in opioid treatment and recovery across South Louisiana.

Opioid prescription drug abuse has been a major public concern in the U.S. for many years with increasing death rates due to fatal overdoses,” said Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood, Director of the Ochsner Center for Outcomes and Health Services Research.