Opioid epidemic hits hard on the North Shore

WVUE - Opioid addiction claims the lives of more than 40,000 Americans each year, according to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, and the problem is especially bad on the North Shore. Now, a large coalition has come together to hopefully make a difference, but they’re facing some big challenges.

For nine years, Tina McPherson found herself in opioids’ grip.

“I lost everything. It slipped through my hands,” McPherson said.

Clean for five years now, McPherson is by no means alone. Dozens of addicts died on the North Shore last year, according to Charles Preston, the coroner for St. Tammany Parish.