New Orleans sues pharmaceutical companies

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. NEW ORLEANS JOINING OTHER CITIES
TAKING PHARMACEUTICAL
MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS
TO COURT. >> WE HAVE LIMITED RESOURCES TO
FIGHT IT BECAUSE THE PACE OF
THIS EPIDEMIC HAS BEEN SO FAST
THAT OUR TREATMENT AND FUNDING
HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO KEEP PACE. TAMMY: THURSDAY, NEW ORLEANS
ANNOUNCED THEY FILED A LAW SUIT. IT WAS AGAINST COMPANIES
PEDDLING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THIS DR. IS A BOARD CERTIFIED
ADDICTION PSYCHIATRIST, HE’S
ALSO THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR AT
TOWNSEND ADDICTION TREATMENT
CENTERS. AS YOU CAN TELL FROM HIS TITLE,
HE TREATS WHAT HE CONSIDERS TO
BE THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM
, ADDICTION. >> WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON THE
DIFFS — SUPPLY, RATHER THAN
DEMAND. WE HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE
DRUGS AND DEMONIZING THEM,
RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON WH SOME
AND GET ADDICTED AND SOME DON’T. WE ARE FOCUSING ON WHAT MAKES
SOME PEOPLE’S BRAINS DIFFERENT
WITH RESPECT TO DEVELOPING
ADDICTION. THOUGH IT’S PAIN PILLS FROM A
PHYSICIAN, OR ALCOHOL AT A
PARTY. TAMMY: NEW ORLEANS SAYS IN 2017,
THEY HAD 219 ACCIDENTAL
DRUG-RELATED DEATHS. THEY SAY THAT’S A 4% JUMP FROM
2016. AND AN EVEN BIGGER JUMP, 138%
FROM 2015. THE CITY SHORT ON CASH TO FIGHT
THE OPIOID BATTLE, BUT THERE ARE
PROGRAMS. >> WE HAVE FREE CLASSES AT LEAST
WEEKLY THAT WILL TEACH ANYONE IN
THE COMMUNITY TO USE NALOXONE,
THE OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE. WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WHERE WE
WILL EMBED A PIERCE SUPPORT
OPERATOR, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN
THROUGH EMERGE

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