Opioid Crisis

  Opioid-related deaths up, but key silver lining in state-approved report

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a panel of experts approved a report combining local and statewide data that shows key improvements in the fight against the opioid epidemic, though opioids killed more people in 2018 than in years prior.

  Gov. Edwards, Department of Health release Louisiana’s opioid response plan

CDC: Opioid overdoses stabilize nationwide, but continue to rise in La.

Almost 30 pounds of prescription pills recovered from Baton Rouge chiropractor’s home, car

  Jefferson Parish testing new app to combat opioid addiction

Report: Drug maker files for bankruptcy to cover opioid penalties

Louisiana tests unapproved anti-addiction implant on inmates

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  Orleans District Attorney’s Office proposes new tool for opioid crisis

  Woman whose son died from heroin overdose launches support group for those who’ve lost loved ones to substance abuse

  Public meeting held on opioid epidemic

  Coroner’s annual report finds increased suicides and fentanyl-related deaths

  Amid opioid crisis, Iberville Parish files suit against pharmaceutical companies

DEA issues warning about deadly synthetic opioid

  ‘A blizzard of prescriptions’: Lawsuit alleges OxyContin maker knowingly created ‘manmade disaster’ of opioid abuse

A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma told people at the OxyContin launch party that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents.

  Mass overdose possibly fueled by fentanyl kills 1, sickens about a dozen

Having so many lives on the line strained city resources, officials said. It was like nothing they'd ever experienced.

Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

For the first time in U.S. History, Americans are now more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle accident, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.

  Heroin overdose deaths in EBR Parish coming down, but those from fentanyl rising

With the New Year now here, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office is looking at the number of deaths, and there are a few disturbing trends.

Strips that can test for fentanyl touted for overdose-reduction potential

Illegally made fentanyl is increasing overdoses from opioids, CDC says

  EBR leaders release community-wide response to opioid epidemic

Rise in addiction one reason for drop in life expectancy in U.S.

  Man’s life saved during opioid overdose, dramatic video captures the saga

CAHS campaign encourages cabinet clean out to prevent overdose and addiction

New online and call line help for addicts and their family members launches in Louisiana

Addiction Policy Forum has launched new tools within the Addiction Resource Center (ARC) giving addicts and their family members access to local treatment options.

  Amid deepening addiction crisis, FDA approves new form of powerful opioid

The opioid medication is 5 to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1000 more potent than morphine.

  New procedure offers alternative to pain medication

Before she saw Dr. Karan Verma at the Ochsner Medical Center, Brandye Smith was in a lot of pain. Back issues had been getting progressively worse over the past five years.

City of N.O. sues drug companies over opioid crisis

“The opioid epidemic has taken more from our people than even gun violence has. We are taking this step and pursuing litigation because our people have been harmed,” the mayor said.

Louisiana launches new digital tool to enhance fight against opioid crisis

Louisiana launches new digital tool in battle against opioid deaths.

Ochsner Baton Rouge to offer non-opioid, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain

As the opioid epidemic remains prevalent across the nation, Oschsner Baton Rouge announced its offering a non-opioid procedure for treating chronic pain.

Mothering an addict

Gwen Knox has read her son’s obituary hundreds of times. She wrote it after he overdosed on heroin and died.

  Ochsner Health System awarded $1.6M grant for fight against opioid epidemic

Ochsner Health System was recently awarded a $1.6 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its Opioid Treatment and Recovery through Safe Pain Management Program.

  La. Dept. of Health holds open public forum on combating opioid epidemic

Louisiana is taking a grassroots approach to fighting the opioid epidemic.

  Download Louisiana’s opioid refusal form

It’s now easier to tell your doctor you don’t want opioid prescriptions. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) recently released its Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive Form as a new tool in the fight against opioid abuse. The idea is to keep more of the medications out of homes and off the streets.

Opioid ‘Risk to Recovery’ programs scheduled for Women’s Week

Capital Area Human Services is hosting three sessions on opioid risks and recovery in celebration of Women's Week.

  Expert on opioid epidemic stops in Baton Rouge, talks about what can be done

Thursday night, one of the nation’s experts on the opioid epidemic was in Baton Rouge talking about the root of the issue and what can be done.

  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.