La. ranks fifth in country for opioid overdoses

The American Press - Louisiana has a 1-1 ratio of opioid prescriptions compared with its population. While those numbers are alarming, they are improving, thanks to more educational awareness efforts, health officials said during a town hall meeting Tuesday.

The meeting, hosted by the Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority and the state Department of Health, brought together various public and private health entities to discuss the opioid epidemic in Southwest Louisiana. Dr. Patrick Hayes, authority member, said that “Louisiana has the fifth-highest rate of opioid overdoses in the country.”