Opioid epidemic

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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September 28, 2017 - 6:34 am
(AP) — Louisiana’s health department is suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of worsening opioid abuse in the state. The 57-page lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Baton Rouge district court, says the drug manufacturers used marketing tactics that misrepresent the dangers of...
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David Blake
September 12, 2017 - 12:28 pm
While authorities continue to battle the opioid epidemic in Louisiana, the Associate Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration believes education and rehab are critical to turning the tide. What can we do to stop the sale of narcotics? (function ($) { Drupal.behaviors...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 10, 2017 - 7:38 pm
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's...
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David Blake
June 13, 2017 - 1:51 pm
A new law in Louisiana will restrict opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for a first-time pain patient. While the effort is being applauded in the fight against abuse, others are worried about the government digging deeper into what doctors can and cannot do. A major hurdle could be trying...
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April 26, 2017 - 12:19 pm
(WWL.com) -- The House Health and Welfare Committee advances a bill that would limit first-time opioid prescriptions in Louisiana, in the hopes of addressing a growing opioid epidemic. Former Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen DeSalvo testified in support of the bill. She says across the...
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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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