BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – Many of you may know someone who is struggling or recovering from an opioid addiction. Some officials are now reporting a high number of overdoses.
âWe knew we had an opioid epidemic and a problem before COVID, but since COVID and since the lockdowns we have seen that the problem has only accelerated,â said Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Plaquemine officials report an increase in overdoses. In a single recent 24-hour period, the city has reported eight overdoses.
“These people that we have saved, some multiple times, and then when we are not there or no one is there to call 911, we lose these people and they are buried,” said the parish sheriff. d’Iberville, Brett Stassi.
The Louisiana Department of Justice has donated tens of thousands of vials of Naloxone or Narcan. This product is known to counteract the effects of opioids to restore breathing during overdose.
Plaquemine used over 2,000 vials of naloxone over a three-year period.
âThe message we really want to get across is to make sure that these people take this second chance in life and use it to the best of their ability. We have to get these people off these drugs,â Stassi explained.
Landry added that 60% of all opioid addictions start with someone else’s prescription drugs. To curb this, people are encouraged to clean their medicine cabinets.
Medication collection boxes are now also available in parishes in the region.
Officials said naloxone is only a temporary fix. The real challenge comes from the fight against addiction.
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