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New Orleans sees increasing opiate overdoses

6 years 8 months 4 days ago Friday, January 29 2016 Jan 29, 2016 January 29, 2016 12:35 PM January 29, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials say the city is seeing an increase in heroin- and opiate-related overdoses - and at least seven deaths have been attributed to the problem in January alone.

City health officials said Friday they have issued an order making a drug to treat such overdoses available over-the-counter. The aim is to make the drug more easily available to friends and relatives of heroin addicts.

The drug is naloxone - often referred to by the brand name Narcan.

At a news conference Friday, Dr. Jeffrey Elder, the director of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, said opiate-related overdose cases have grown in recent weeks. They have increased from an average of just over two a day to four or five a day - hitting 10 on some days.

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