KATC - 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.
The American Press - U.S. regulators have approved the first generic version of an under-the-tongue film for treating opioid addiction.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a generic version of Suboxone, a film strip that dissolves under the tongue. Used daily, it reduces withdrawal symptoms, cravings for opioids and the high from abusing them.
KADN - Attorney General Jeff Landry, Senator Fred Mills and LHC Group announced a partnership today with hospice groups across Louisiana to help combat the opioid epidemic.
The partnership donated 30,000 free drug-deactivation pouches, which allow nurses to dispose of opioids following a hospice patient’s death.
KATC - Following passage of SB 26 – legislation that grants nurses and hospice organizations the lawful ability to dispose of the drugs upon the deaths of their patients, Landry revealed a new partnership with Mallinckrodt that makes available for free 30,000 drug deactivation pouches to Louisiana hospice providers.
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.
KALB - The move comes as lawmakers seek to expand efforts to curb addiction - and return home with a relatively easy win they can tout before the midterm elections.
Underscoring the effort's popularity, most of the 39 bills the House will vote on this week are bipartisan and not controversial, but also modest.
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.”
WDSU - President Donald Trump's administration has kicked off a new ad campaign aimed at the country's ongoing opioid crisis.
The series of advertisements features real-life stories from people struggling with addiction. The campaign was produced by the Truth Initiative, the same group behind the nation's powerful anti-smoking efforts.
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.
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.
KPLC - Lawmakers recently approved legislation allowing hospice nurses to dispose of medications after a patient dies.
Lisa Piatt, executive director for Christus Hospice care, said disposing of these powerful medications will benefit the families of hospice patients.
RNN - America’s opioid crisis is growing and it’s hitting across demographic groups.
Startling numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point to a 30 percent increase in overdoses treated in emergency rooms between July 2016 and September 2017.
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.
News Star - A recent survey suggests over 50 percent of patients prescribed opioids save their leftover pills, often for later use.
The survey, conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, further suggests nearly half said they did not receive information on how to safely store their medication or dispose of it.
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.
Beauregard Daily News - A new law designed to help battle the state’s opioid crisis is now on the governor’s desk.
Currently, hospice patients’ family members 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 dispose of said drugs.
Beauregard Daily News - Currently, hospice patients’ family members 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 dispose of said drugs.
The state is providing a new tool for hospice providers to get rid of opioids. “Once you put the opioids in this bag and seal it up, they become household waste,” says Mills.
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.
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.
American Press - The Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury approved a resolution Wednesday in connection with its opioid litigation contract.
The Police Jury is among several government entities and state agencies seeking legal action to recoup costs incurred while dealing with the effects of opioids.