Ending the Epidemic: Officials work to combat opioid abuse

WVLA -  According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose has become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 and the majority of drug overdose deaths (66 percent) involve an opioid.

It’s an epidemic that’s not only sweeping the nation, but hitting close to home for many Baton Rouge families.

“We are having people dying in large numbers,” Jan Laughinghouse with Capital Area Human Services said. “It is tearing apart families and the fabric of our community as a whole.”