EBR Parish on pace to match number of 2020 accidental overdose deaths


FILE – This photo provided by the U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah and introduced as evidence in a 2019 trial shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. In a resumption of a brutal trend, nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2019 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new record high that predates the COVID-19 crisis. The numbers were driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids, which accounted for 36,500 overdose deaths. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Did you know that Fentanyl is the dominant drug found in most overdoses across the United States at this time?

That is according to the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office who also say that the parish has seen a massive increase in fentanyl overdoses over the past two years.

With that in mind, LDH has an alarming statistic when it comes to deaths in the state involving fentanyl between 2014 and 2020.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, “deaths involving fentanyl have increased by 1400% since 2014.”

Fentanyl not only makes up a large part of the accidental overdoses in the U.S., but EBR Parish too.

In terms of a more recent look at deadly overdoses in the parish, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office is providing the most up-to-date statistics on accidental overdoses in the parish below:

What that graphic shows is that EBR Parish is on pace to match last year’s accidental overdoses numbers.

At this same time last year, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office reported 90 accidental overdose deaths.

Some of the other drugs that are contributing to these accidental overdoes are benzodiazepines, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Earlier this year, EBR Coroner Dr. Beau Clark joined other local leaders to talk about resources and initiatives that are out there to help those struggling with opioid addiction.

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