Crackdown on Crime - New drug laws to fight Rx drug abuse

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Starting August 15th Louisiana prosecutors will have more tools to combat the war on prescription drug abuse. At midnight three new laws take effect. In addition to the "doctor shopping" law passed in 2007 - the Louisiana legislature passed three new statutes:

One would lay the burden of proof on anyone caught with scheduled narcotics, such as pain killers, to provide a valid prescription. Another amended the second degree murder statute. Now anyone who illegally provides a person with any scheduled drug and that person dies from ingesting the drugs - the provider can be charged with second degree murder. And finally the drug soma is now classified as a scheduled drug.

District Attorney John DeRosier says it's more progress. "We will be prosecuting anyone that violates those statutes extremely vigorously. I think that it's going to dramatically impact the drug business, the illegal drug abuse business in Calcasieu parish. I think we are already beginning to see that," said DeRosier.

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