To fanfare, DEA unveils '360 strategy' in New Orleans area to battle heroin, drug abuse and violence

The New Orleans Advocate - As they have grappled with years of rising opioid- and heroin-related death totals in the New Orleans area, authorities have imprisoned violent drug dealers, prosecuted doctors who overprescribe medications to addicts, and armed first responders with an antidote that can reverse the effects of opiate overdoses and saves lives daily.

Yet the epidemic is far from under control, so various federal and local officials gathered at New Orleans City Hall on Tuesday to unveil a strategy aimed at connecting addicts with treatment, counseling and faith-based services while educating schoolchildren and their families about avoiding substance abuse.