Substance abuse

December 12, 2017 - 6:39 pm
(AP) -- With fatal overdoses on the rise, police officers and prosecutors from agencies around Louisiana on Tuesday trained how to investigate opioid-related deaths and bring the cases to court. Attorney General Jeff Landry's office hosted the all-day education session in Baton Rouge, coordinating...
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December 04, 2017 - 9:31 am
A new addiction treatment center is opening on the Northshore. The ten-million-dollar Longbranch Recovery Center will open around the first of the year in Abita Springs. Longbranch Healthcare CEO Chris McMahon, sober for 17 years, says he wants to do his part in helping those who need it the most...
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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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September 20, 2017 - 3:28 pm
The State Department of Children and Family Services reports that the number of babies born in Louisiana who are exposed to alcohol and drugs while in the womb has tripled from 2008 to 2016. Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare Rhenda Hodnett says last year, that number reached nearly 1,700. “...
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April 22, 2017 - 6:38 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Louisiana is slated to receive 8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid epidemic. News outlets report the grant is part of $485 million the federal government has set aside to help states with prevention, treatment and recovery...
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Jim Hanzo
March 27, 2017 - 3:46 pm
The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office reports more people died from accidental drug-related deaths last year than homicides. Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish Coroner ran down the numbers and said in 2015 there were 92 drug-related deaths. "The final numbers show that 211 persons died as a result of...
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