Jefferson Parish testing new app to combat opioid addiction

WAFB - A new app could help opioid-addicted patients stay on their treatment plan and Jefferson Parish is the first in the state to adopt it.

Opioid overdoses have plagued Jefferson Parish over the last six years and according to the parish coronoer, Gerry Cvitanovich, the numbers are still growing.

Dr. Thomas Hauth works with patients battling opioid use disorder, and sees the effects of their addiction firsthand.

"It's a devastating illness, and we know it's a brain disease, and when I tell folks or family members with the disease, it's a chronic illness that can be instantly fatal," Hauth said.