Heroin overdose rates increase in Louisiana - KLFY News 10

Heroin overdose rates increase in Louisiana

Posted:

Law enforcement officials in southeast Louisiana report dramatic increases in heroin-related deaths. The trend apparently has not reached the northern or southwest portions of the state, but authorities say the highly addictive drug is widespread in Southeast Louisiana.

Although heroin is often thought of as an urban drug, it's being used in smaller cities, suburbs and rural areas. Jefferson Parish has reported one heroin death per week this year. So far, heroin deaths in east Baton Rouge Parish have already tripled in comparison to the amount of all of last year.

Head of Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson even stated that the state crime lab work has tested over 230 samples of suspected heroin this year, that's up from just 78 samples in 2011.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Live Doppler 10 Forecast

    Live Doppler 10 Forecast

    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Acadiana until midnight tonight.  Rainfall amounts could range from 2-4” with isolated areas receiving over 5” with the possibility of localized flooding.  Showers and storms should begin to diminish by later this afternoon with only isolated activity by the evening.  More >>
  • Wanted : Brandi Comeaux

    Wanted : Brandi Comeaux

    A Lafayette woman is sought by police for refusing to provide medical attention for a juvenile who sustained a broken jaw during an altercation after she allegedly provided alcohol to a group of minors.More >>
    A Lafayette woman is sought by police for refusing to provide medical attention for a juvenile who sustained a broken jaw during an altercation after she allegedly provided alcohol to a group of minors.More >>
  • Superintendent investigation Update

    Superintendent investigation Update

    The investigation into Lafayette Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper continues. At a Lafayette Parish School Board meeting Thursday night, the board voted to accept a report compiled by their attorney, which could put Dr. Cooper's job in jeopardy. But to him, it's all politics. More >>
    The investigation into Lafayette Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper continues. At a Lafayette Parish School Board meeting Thursday night, the board voted to accept a report compiled by their attorney, which could put Dr. Cooper's job in jeopardy. But to him, it's all politics. More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509

Telephone: 337.981.4823
Fax: 337.984.8323
Email: tip10@klfy.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Louisiana, Inc. A Media General Company.