Opioids

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About 60-70% of teens say medicine cabinets at home are their source for drugs. Mary Barrios, healthy living coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, encourages parents to be more responsible with prescription medications in the home. 

Barrios says the best way to combat prescription drug abuse is to dispose expired or unused medications. With National Prescription Take-Back Day around the corner, parents and professionals will be able to push-back against the opioid epidemic by leading by example. 

Lawsuits have been filed on the behalf of sheriffs of Calcasieu, Washington, Ouachita, Sabine and Vernon parishes against pharmaceutical companies and physicians over the fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to increased crime and delinquency across Louisiana.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is backing legislative proposals aimed at reducing opioid deaths in Louisiana.

 

The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards supports legislation to limit first-time prescriptions of opioids for acute pain to a seven-day supply for adults, with some exceptions.

The measure by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno and River Ridge Rep. Kirk Talbot also would restrict all acute pain prescriptions of opioids for children to seven days.