Attorney General Jeff Landry talks about the Louisiana opioid epidemic

KNOE - Flanked by State Senator Fred Mills, leadership from LHC Group, and numerous hospice care workers from Acadiana – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced another partnership to help end our State's opioid epidemic.

Following passage of SB 26 – legislation that grants nurses and hospice organizations the lawful ability to dispose of controlled substances upon the deaths of their patients, General Landry revealed a new partnership with Mallinckrodt that makes available for free 30,000 drug deactivation pouches to Louisiana hospice providers.

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.”

Opioid epidemic: Daughter's death leaves mom determined to help addicts

Town Talk - Harvey's daughter, Lillie Camille Harvey, died Feb. 12, 2017, from an overdose of what likely was fentanyl. She and a male companion had been found unconscious in an Alexandria park two days before.

She was one of 23 deaths last year in Rapides Parish related to opioids, said Coroner Dr. Jonathan Hunter. Overall, there were 38 drug-related deaths in 2017.

Sheriff: Deputies save woman from heroin overdose

Houma Today - Deputies used an emergency antidote drug to save the life of a Houma woman who had overdosed on heroin Wednesday night, the Lafourche Sheriff's Office said.

About 10:30 p.m. deputies responded to a medical emergency at a Bayou Blue business and found a woman lying on the ground and showing signs of an opioid overdose, the Sheriff's Office said Thursday in a news release. The woman, described to be in her 20s, had taken heroin shortly before authorities arrived, they said.

Life-saving antidote helps local police combat opioid epidemic

Houma Today - Lafourche Parish sheriff’s deputies found a man suffering from a heroin overdose in his bathtub on March 19 and used another drug to save his life.

The man was gasping for air with shallow breathing and his lips began to turn purple, authorities said. Deputies quickly used an emergency antidote drug called naloxone to revive him, and he was transported to a local hospital.

Town Hall series seek to tackle opioid epidemic in state

WVLA - The Louisiana Department of Health is seeking public input on key strategies to address Louisiana’s opioid epidemic with several public meetings around the state in collaboration with local human services agencies.

The next meeting is set for Thursday, May 31 at the Tangipahoa African Amercian Heritage Museum in Hammond at noon.

The meetings are open to the public and participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas about how to improve local addiction treatment services.

These meetings will give interested residents the opportunity to learn about local and statewide treatment and recovery services. 

Statistics are the tip of a deadly iceberg in growing opioid epidemic

The Houma Times - As Terrebonne Parish explores the potential of joining communities suing big pharmaceutical companies over costs associated with drug overdoses, the march to the graveyard and frantic rides to hospitals continue unabated, with no signs of relief.

What is now termed the nation’s “opioid epidemic” reaches far and wide and the Bayou region is no exception.

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

The Associated Press - Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers.

New law aimed at combating opioid crisis

KATC - A new law designed to help battle the state's opioid crisis is now on the governor's desk.

Right now, family members of hospice patients are responsible for disposing of their drugs after the patient dies. If signed into law, the legislation by Senator Fred Mills would require hospice providers to dispose of a patient's drugs, and the state is providing a new tool to hospice providers to get rid of opioids.

Born Addicted: Louisiana's Rate of Newborns Dependent on Opioids Rising, Pregnant Women Lack Treatment Options

The Advocate - Six hours after Kemper Roach was born, it grew clear something was wrong. Jitters took over his 6-pound body. Wails rose from his throat. Nothing could comfort him. “It got horrific,” his father remembered. It was the addiction taking hold. Less than a day old, Kemper was suffering from opioid withdrawal.