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Louisiana has more painkiller prescriptions than residents: Report

October 7, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Louisiana has more painkiller prescriptions than residents: Report

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Painkiller prescriptions have grown to be more common than people in Louisiana; according to a news report that reveals extensive opioid abuse across eight different states.

Louisiana allegedly has 1.03 painkiller prescriptions for every citizen in the state, ranking the sixth most prevalent opioid use in the country.

A report published by the Associated Press suggests that eight states together had more prescriptions for painkillers than they had residents, with southerners comprising the majority of the list.

Aside from Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Kentucky have prescription painkiller numbers that exceed the number of residents.

Dr. David Holcombe, the Medical Director of the Office of Public Health Region VI in Central Louisiana, told WWL-TV in New Orleans that the problem is a rapidly-escalating issue where huge pharmaceutical corporations advocate for more and more prescription medications.

“This has been a disaster almost created and then perpetuated,” Holcombe stated. “It’s driven by pharmaceutical greed, physicians prescribing and patient demand.”

He also indicated that the “epidemic” of painkillers in these areas is not accidental, but instead is a part of an orchestrated plan.

Giant pharmaceutical businesses have significant control over the fast-track pace of prescribing painkillers, but the business also has a preferred nominee in the 2016 presidential election.

Dating back to March, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had already been the biggest patron of big pharmaceutical companies, with contributions to her campaign exceeding $500,000 from the industry, CNBC reported.

Louisiana in particular, however, has not been a stranger to widespread opioid usage.

In New Orleans, heroin laced with a potentially fatal opioid called fentanyl has grown to be the biggest threat in regards to drugs and addiction, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) revealed.

The DEA stated that fentanyl is about 50-100 times more potent and more dangerous than morphine. The cost of the drug is way cheaper than heroin.

More than 65 fatalities in New Orleans in 2016 alone have been linked to opioid abuse, according to earlier statements by the city’s coroner who indicated the increase of the drug has been common since 2014.

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