The Baton Rouge area is suffering the same rise in fentanyl-related deaths that hit New Orleans earlier this year. The East Baton Rouge Parish told the Advocate that overdose deaths attributed to the drug, used either alone or mixed with other narcotics, have risen from four in 2015 to five so far this year. The crisis in New Orleans prompted the DEA to hold a meeting to warn the area back in August. A national issue, the prevalence of opioid use and addiction carries substantial weight in arguments over a closed workers’ comp pharmacy formulary in Louisiana.
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