In local news:

New data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy show there are fewer opioids being prescribed since Medicaid expansion began in July 2016. According to a release from Governor Edwards’ office, the Board of Pharmacy, which administers the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, found that both the total number of opioid prescriptions and the total number of opioid pills have decreased from the year before Medicaid expansion to the year afterwards. The Board says that the number of prescriptions decreased by 109,675, a 2.08 percent reduction and the total number of pills prescribed decreased by more than 10 million doses, a three percent reduction.

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