Drug Overdose Deaths Were 4 Times the Number of Homicides in Jefferson Parish in 2017

The Times-Picayune - There were more than four times the number of drug-related deaths in Jefferson Parish in 2017 than homicides.

There were 173 overdose deaths, according to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's office, and 42 homicides in 2017. A total of 139 of the overdose deaths were opioid/ opiate related. Suicides are included in some of the overdose deaths reported last year.