Opioid Action Summit starts Wednesday in Slidell

KDSU - Opioid overdose deaths have increased so sharply in Louisiana that the Department of Heath is hosting an action summit this week in Slidell to address the crisis. According to the department, more than 450 people died from opioids last year. They said that is a 184% increase in opioid deaths compared to 2012.

In a statement, Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health said, "Our communities are on the front lines of the opioid crisis, and we need to arm them with the very best tactics to fight back. By bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders — engaging in brainstorming, idea sharing and developing action steps and strategies — everyone will be able to return to their communities empowered with the knowledge and skills to reduce opioid abuse and overdoses."