Opioid Crisis

  Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

A celebration of those living life in recovery

September is National Recovery Month, a celebration of those living a life in recovery from addiction and mental illness.

Free discussion on opioid epidemic open to the public

Baton Rouge Health District to host author of Drug Dealer MD for open discussion on the opioid epidemic.

Opioid addiction skyrockets in pregnant women, CDC says

Opioid addiction has quadrupled over the last 15 years in pregnant women.

Record amount of fentanyl seized in Tangipahoa Parish

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports they've seized a record amount of prescription grade fentanyl in a multi-agency operation.

26 Baton Rouge-area residents charged in federal health care fraud, opioid crimes investigation

Twenty-six people from the Baton Rouge-area are facing federal charges resulting from the nation's largest ever health care fraud investigation.

Baton Rouge EMS training other agencies to use Narcan

The nation's top doctor issued a rare advisory, urging more people to learn how to use naloxone, the opioid antidote. The Surgeon General addressed the deadly nationwide opioid epidemic by saying users or loved ones of opioid users could save lives by knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it nearby.

The other side of the opioid epidemic

You could say that Herman Stanford has had a lot of bad luck when it comes to his health. It started when he joined the Air Force right out of high school.

Sen. Bill Cassidy gets emotional on opioid epidemic

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) became emotional on 9News This Morning when discussing the ongoing opioid epidemic sweeping Louisiana and the U.S.

How first responders are fighting deadly overdoses

Heroin's grip on our area could be even tighter than the death toll shows. Paramedics use hundreds of doses of naloxone, the opioid antidote that can bring people back from the brink of death.

Behavioral health group formed to fight opioid epidemic

Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) formed the Behavioral Health Collaborative. It's a group made up of organizations focused on fighting opioid addiction.

  Gov., AG announce joint effort in suit against opioid manufacturers

Putting aside political differences, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry have agreed to join forces in Louisiana's litigation against opioid manufacturers.

FDA declares kratom an opioid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking aim again at kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia. It's taken as a pill, a powder, or as a tea, and it's completely legal in most states.

Operation Angel: How St. Tammany law enforcement agencies help fight addiction

A chilling call to 911 in Covington changed the course of every law enforcement agency in St. Tammany Parish.

Operation Angel offers addicts help instead of handcuffs

The latest numbers from the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office reveal 111 people died from a deadly overdose in 2017.

2017 records highest number of opioid-related deaths since spike in EBR Parish began

The number of deaths caused by an overdose of drugs continues to rise in East Baton Rouge Parish. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office, 111 people died from an overdose in 2017. In 2017, 45 people died from heroin and the remaining died from a mixture of drugs, which were primarily opioids. RELATED: The opiate epidemic in Louisiana The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office began tracking heroin overdose deaths in 2012 due to a spike in deaths. That yea...

EBR files suit against major opioid manufacturers

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the parish is taking a strong stance against the opioid crisis and are suing the manufactures and distributors.

La. governor calls Trump’s opioid declaration a ‘good first start,’ says ‘additional resources’ needed

Putting pen to paper Thursday, President Donald Trump declared the country's opioid crisis a "public health emergency." However, the actual impact of the declaration on Louisiana's opioid fight remains unclear.