opioids

Odyssey House

The crisis surrounding opioid use has extended into Louisiana communities, and Odyssey House is a local nonprofit working to reduce harm and substance use disorder. The center's outreach director, Emily Loska, speaks with NolaVie's Brian Friedman about their latest educational efforts.

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On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with NPR's Robert Siegel, co-host of All Things Considered just ahead of his last day on air. Then, Jessica Rosgaard and The Advocate's Stephanie Grace discuss some unresolved issues in the state and in New Orleans as we move into the new year. 

And later, Dr. Eric Griggs joins us to discuss a couple of health concerns in the city. 

In 2016 there were more drug related deaths than murders in New Orleans. Mostly due to opioids. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he has a plan to deal with the growing national opioid epidemic. The Listening Post turned it's attention to opioids and asked:

1) What evidence of the opioid epidemic have you seen? How has it impacted you?

2) What would you do if someone you knew was addicted to opioids, like heroin or oxycodone? 

3) What strategies would help communities better deal with drug epidemics?