Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry calls opioid abuse an epidemic facing our state and those right here in the capital area. Today, the attorney general announced a new initiative to fight this dangerous addiction and save lives.
More than a hundred people die every day from this deadly drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“When you look at statistics, in the fact that more people across the country are dying of opioid overdoses than are people dying in automobile accidents, I think it’s an epidemic,” said Landry.
AG Landry knows the pain of losing a loved one to an opioid addiction.
“If we can prevent people from going through the same experiences I did, in having a friend succumb to that abuse, then you know what, it’s worth it,” said Landry.
That is exactly what Landry wants to do with his office’s partnership with the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance.
“It’s basically going to allow a rebate for each syringe of Noloxone that EMS personnel around the state use in opioid abuse cases to go to a fund that is already now set up, and we will use that money in order to help educate people around the state about the dangers of opioid abuse,” explained Landry.
So, that means every syringe of the antidote to opioid overdoses will help pay for the fight to end the epidemic.
“The great thing about this announcement is that it’s a partnership, and we’re partnering with people who work every day to save lives,” concluded Landry.
The Pelican State loses more than 600 lives to drug overdoses every year according to AG Landry.
If you want to learn more about the initiative, click here.