RELATED STORIES: The opiate epidemic in Louisiana

RELATED STORIES: The opiate epidemic in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office began tracking heroin overdose deaths in 2012 due to a spike in deaths. That year they only tracked deaths related to heroin and there were a total of 5. The following year that number jumped dramatically to 35.

The number of drug-related deaths has been on the rise ever since. Opiates are the most common culprit in cases that are not specifically heroin.

Below are the stories related to the opiate epidemic. They are listed from newest to oldest.



If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addition, below are links to resources available in the Baton Rouge-area.

Copyright 2017 WAFB. All rights reserved.