The CDC reports a 35 % increase in emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses in recent years.
The CDC says the increase in those emergency room visits shows no signs of slowing down.
The numbers have jumped by roughly 30 % between June 2016 and September 2017 but the problem is not the number of people addicted to opioids, which has remained consistent, but the lethality of the opioids available for drugs like heroin, prescription painkillers, and fentanyl.
Meanwhile the attorney general, Jeff Session has announced new additions to the Justice Department’s efforts to end the epidemic, which has claimed well the lives of thousands.
“In 2016, an estimated 64,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, that is the highest ever recorded in our history. Actually, nothing close to it except for the previous years when it was 52,000. That by far was the highest we’d ever seen before,” says Sessions.
State officials and lawmakers continue to search for ways to decrease the rate of opioid prescriptions and to combat the risk of opioid abuse and addiction in Louisiana.
Local sheriff’s offices are coordinating several drug take-back events that offer convenient ways to dispose unneeded or expired prescriptions and prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.