Opioid epidemic

March 26, 2019 - 9:29 pm
Matt Doyle | WWL.com Louisiana received 18 dollars per person in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic last year, for a total of 82 million dollars from over 50 different revenue streams according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. Chief medical adviser Anand Parekh says the majority of those...
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December 04, 2018 - 9:20 am
(WWL.com) The Louisiana Health Department has released six recommendations in the fight against the opioid epidemic, much of which assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Kanter, says is common sense solutions. Kanter says the state needs to expand access to effective treatment and must look...
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David Blake
October 26, 2018 - 1:13 pm
Drug Enforcement Host National Presciption Drug Take Back Day The big prescription drug take-back day is today. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is hoping for a record haul. Numerous prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from family and friends. Medicines that...
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David Blake
October 24, 2018 - 2:52 pm
Sen. Bill Cassidy on a bill to fight the opioid crisis and more President Donald Trump today signed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 into law. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who is a doctor, was involved in the bill's creation. Cassidy tells WWL First News that they made a key adjustment...
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Chris Miller
October 18, 2018 - 5:45 pm
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell today announced the city has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies and distributors for “fueling a national opioid crisis that has threatened the health and safety of the city.” The case was filed in New Orleans Civil District Court this morning. "The...
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Chris Miller
July 24, 2018 - 7:31 am
As the opioid epidemic shows no signs of slowing down, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office is now equipping its deputies with a drug that can counteract the effects of an overdose. Other police department have started equipping their officers with NARCAN, now the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's...
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David Blake
December 04, 2017 - 1:55 pm
There are increasing arguments that legalizing marijuana could be of tremendous help fighting the opioid epidemic in America. One group called the Law Enforcement Action Partnership believes pot could be used to fight addiction and wean addicts off of opioid pain pills and heroin. Spokesman Gerald...
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November 11, 2017 - 11:20 am
WWL.com Reporting The Edwards administration disputes the claim by Attorney General Jeff Landry that the expansion of the Medicaid program has helped fuel the opioid crisis. The state health department says there are fewer pain killers on the streets in the last year and more individuals are...
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October 26, 2017 - 8:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled to Washington to attend President Donald Trump's speech on fighting the opioid epidemic. Louisiana's governor joined leaders of five other states at Thursday's White House event in which Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public...
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