The Problem

opioid dictionary definitionHeroin, Fentanyl and Prescription Drug Misuse

Prescription drug abuse can often lead to illegal drug use.  Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1


In New Orleans ...

According to local surveys, heroin is considered the greatest drug threat to the Greater New Orleans area.2 

However the use of fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids is also on the rise. In 2017, 87 people died accidentally with fentanyl in their system, compared to 48 in 2016 and 13 in 2015, according to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.2 


1Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source:
2Greater New Orleans Situational Drug Report. Source:


Opioid Deaths Rising

In Louisiana, there was a 500% increase in fentanyl-related deaths since 2014.

Drug-Related Overdoses

In 2018, 46,802 people in the U.S. died after overdosing on an opioid.