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.
- EBR files suit against major opioid manufactures
- Jeff Landry joins 43 other attorneys general in demanding accountability from opioid manufacturers
- La. AG says Medicaid expansion has 'exacerbated' the state's opioid crisis
- AG's office announces new tool for BRPD to fight opioid epidemic
- Coroner: Opioid overdoses resulted in more deaths than homicides in 2016
- Study shows alarming impact of opioid epidemic on babies born into addiction
- Opiate epidemic hasn't gotten worse, but hasn't improved, either
- Heroin epidemic continues to plague Baton Rouge: National awareness week
- Born Addicted: Collateral damage of heroin use
- EBR Coroner: Heroin problem continues to grow with 38 deaths in 2015
- The Investigators: EBR coroner says heroin deaths hit record high
- Campaign set to launch about recent spike in drug-related incidents
- Heroin overdoses on the rise in East Baton Rouge
- Law enforcement officials hosting Heroin summit
- Study shows doubled number of deaths caused by heroin
- Spike of heroin-related deaths continues in EBR Parish
- Discussions on heroin distribution penalties result in fight, compromise
- Healthline: Heroin in the Home
- Challenges of tackling heroin problems
- Law enforcement trying to get a handle on heroin overdose deaths
- Heroin related deaths have nearly tripled since 2012
- Heroin deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge
- Baton Rouge advocates look to other city's opioid-fighting programs for inspiration
- Mom launches support group for parents of addicts
- New tool aims to put a lid on opioid drug abuse
- Walgreens makes overdose antidote available without prescription
- Louisiana issues 'standing order' to make overdose drug available to the public
If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addition, below are links to resources available in the Baton Rouge-area.