The Opioid epidemic in Southwest Louisiana - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Opioid epidemic in Southwest Louisiana

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

Federal agencies and lawmakers fight back on America's Opioid epidemic.

Just days ago, the Food and Drug Administration requests Endo Pharmaceuticals remove the Opioid "Opana ER" from the market.

A statement from the FDA says, "We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product's risk outweighs its benefits not only for its intended patient population, but also in regard to its potential for misuse and abuse."

Governor Edwards signing House Bill 192 today is good news to Frank Miller, CEO of New Beginnings, a medical detox unit in Lake Charles.

"I was very excited," says Miller. "It's a great step, but when you take a look at the whole thing, it's like trying to put out a forest fire with a garden hose."

As for the timing..

"Opioids are in the news now honestly five years too late."

Dr. Christina Jones has worked along the East Coast and now sees the opioid trend hitting Southwest Louisiana.

"I worked in addiction medicine in the Northeast and what I saw happening up there is now happening here."

According to Jones, one of the misconceptions is..

"Chronic long-term opioid use doesn't actually help chronic pain. Honestly, I think taking off these long term opiates that we know don't work for long-term chronic pain anyway do need to be taken off the market," said the Tulane grad.

When asked if Southwest Louisiana will recover from opioid addiction, Miller says..

"Define recover."

For addiction centers in Lake Charles, click HERE.

KPLC Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • New KFC in Jennings gives away free chicken for a year

    New KFC in Jennings gives away free chicken for a year

    Saturday, August 18 2018 7:17 PM EDT2018-08-18 23:17:40 GMT
    KFC giving away free chicken for a year coupons at new Jennings location (Source: KFC)KFC giving away free chicken for a year coupons at new Jennings location (Source: KFC)

    A new KFC located at 1498 Elton Road in Jennings is scheduled open its doors on August 21, 2018. On August 22, 2018 it will host a grand opening celebration featuring a "free chicken for a year" coupon giveaway to the first 50 customers. South Louisiana Market Coach for KSP Foods, Masi Carter says, "Our restaurant staff has been preparing diligently for the store opening, and we look forward to welcoming the community to our new restaurant next week." The n...

    More >>

    A new KFC located at 1498 Elton Road in Jennings is scheduled open its doors on August 21, 2018. On August 22, 2018 it will host a grand opening celebration featuring a "free chicken for a year" coupon giveaway to the first 50 customers. South Louisiana Market Coach for KSP Foods, Masi Carter says, "Our restaurant staff has been preparing diligently for the store opening, and we look forward to welcoming the community to our new restaurant next week." The n...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers this weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers this weekend

    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:00:17 GMT
    Through the next 12 hours expect temperatures to feel HOT! (Source: KPLC)Through the next 12 hours expect temperatures to feel HOT! (Source: KPLC)
    Through the next 12 hours expect temperatures to feel HOT! (Source: KPLC)Through the next 12 hours expect temperatures to feel HOT! (Source: KPLC)

    Through this afternoon expect continued pop-up showers thanks to southerly flow providing ample moisture. Hot and humid conditions will persist across Southwest Louisiana for those of us not seeing a cooling shower.  Overnight warm and humid conditions persist with lows only dropping into the upper 70s. But, with ample moisture present we will feel like the 80s for much of the night.

    More >>

    Through this afternoon expect continued pop-up showers thanks to southerly flow providing ample moisture. Hot and humid conditions will persist across Southwest Louisiana for those of us not seeing a cooling shower.  Overnight warm and humid conditions persist with lows only dropping into the upper 70s. But, with ample moisture present we will feel like the 80s for much of the night.

    More >>
  • Man allegedly steals two buses and crashes into building

    Man allegedly steals two buses and crashes into building

    Saturday, August 18 2018 3:08 PM EDT2018-08-18 19:08:41 GMT
    Man steals two buses and crashes into building (Source: KPLC)Man steals two buses and crashes into building (Source: KPLC)

    Lake Charles Police say that shortly after midnight on August 18, 2018 a man stole a Vinton bus crashing it in the 2900 block of Broad St. Police arrived on scene after the man had fled on foot. Sgt. Keenum with the LCPD says that later that morning police received a report that a second bus had been stolen from Chennault airport. The bus was spotted by officers shortly after who pursued the bus which then crashed into the side of a building on the intersection of Holly Hill and We...

    More >>

    Lake Charles Police say that shortly after midnight on August 18, 2018 a man stole a Vinton bus crashing it in the 2900 block of Broad St. Police arrived on scene after the man had fled on foot. Sgt. Keenum with the LCPD says that later that morning police received a report that a second bus had been stolen from Chennault airport. The bus was spotted by officers shortly after who pursued the bus which then crashed into the side of a building on the intersection of Holly Hill and We...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly