In local news:

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon issued a press release discussing Louisiana’s higher than average opioid abuse rates and urging action. “This is certainly not a list Louisiana wants to top,” said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon the the prepared remarks. “In addition to the costs to individuals and families that these drug abuses and opioid dependencies cause, there is also a cost to the insurance system as a whole. Louisiana workers have a higher frequency of opioid use when injured than most other states. This is a dangerous trend that has reached crisis proportions.” LDI stated further that it is “sounding the alarm” about the problem.

Read the full release here.

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