heroin deaths

Health
6:36 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not

A Baton Rouge EMS paramedic holds a single dose pre-filled syringe of Nalaxone, otherwise known as Narcan. Baton Rouge paramedics have been carrying the drug for years.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish spiked last year - the Coroner's office recorded 35 fatalities. Only Jefferson and Orleans Parish had as many.

To try to stop the deaths, a new law will allow not just paramedics, but all first responders to carry the drug Narcan - which can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose within seconds.

But some activists say the law doesn't go far enough. They say they'll keep distributing Narcan themselves directly to drug users illegally.

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The Jim Engster Show
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

MONDAY: The Tigers vs The Tide, Coroner Beau Clark

Jim recaps the weekend matchup between LSU and Alabama

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark discusses the recent increase in heroin-related deaths in the Capital Area.

Louisiana Radio Network News Reporter Michelle Southern joins Jim to talk about breaking news with the reality TV show "The Governor's Wife" starring former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards and his wife Trina Scott Edwards.