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Louisiana's tragic opioid epidemic


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Louisiana has more opioid prescriptions than residents

http://www.wwltv.com/news/health/louisiana-has-more-opiod-prescriptions-than-residents/328637722

Louisiana is one of eight states that has more opioid prescriptions than it has residents. The state has the sixth highest prescription-per-capita rate at 1.03 pain-killer prescriptions written per Louisiana resident in 2015.

The over-prescription "crisis" is leading to addiction, more drug-related deaths and even higher insurance costs for the state, officials said.

 

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Not a very pleasant topic.   I apologize for that.   As bad as it is, Louisiana isn't even in the top 3 among the worst states in the region.    We need to stay informed and stay vigilant, and recognize the problems when we see it.     This impacts a lot of people around us every day, and it seems to be an issue among people of all races and socioeconomic status.    It does ruin families, careers, and even ends lives.  

 

I started this to maybe provide a place to brainstorm and discuss what citizens and their elected officials can do about this very serious issue.

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