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Report: Louisiana Ranks 15th Nationwide for Biggest Drug Problem

From the “just say no” Reagan-isms of the 80’s and President Bill “I didn’t inhale” Clinton in the 90's to Obama’s admission of marijuana usage, to Trump’s staunch denial of any substance whatsoever, America’s war on drugs has been a decades long battle often shaped by its leaders. On Monday, a new report revealed the extent of the country’s addiction issues. Drug Use By State: 2017’s Problem Areas revealed that Louisiana is among the states with the largest drug problem. 

NOLA's Heroin Problem to Be Addressed at Free Panel

A free panel tonight will attempt to broach the oft-taboo topic of drug addiction in New Orleans. “Breaking The Silence: Addiction” will host Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, Executive & Medical Director of the Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), and WBOK-AM radio host Oliver “OT” Thomas as they discuss the myths surrounding drug addicts and their addictions. 

Sobering Reminder

Teen's Death Re-Raises Questions About Synthetic Marijuana

The topic of mojo and bath salts in Louisiana faded from the public conscience a few years ago, but a death on the North Shore thrust the issue of synthetic drugs back into the spotlight today. A 17-year-old Mandeville boy was found dead after smoking the drug on Sunday (3.13) night according to St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston.

Mega Bust!

The MegaBus may be moving from the Marigny to the Union Passenger Terminal, but the line’s problems are far from over. Late Friday (8.21) afternoon, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite unsealed an indictment alleging that a drug trafficking ring has been using Mega Bus as transit.

French Quarter Weed Bust

Is there a weed dealing ring in the Marigny and French Quarter? The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) believes so and after a pair of arrests downtown, they are reporting that the “mastermind” may be in custody.

Man Dead After Quarter Drug Deal Goes Bad

One man is dead after a drug deal in the Quarter went wrong according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). Authorities report that 23-year-old William Richardson, IV was arrested for fatal Thursday (7.09) morning shooting.

Darren Sharper Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

The sad saga of Darren Sharper continued to inch towards a conclusion on Friday (5.29) morning. The former Saint pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape in a federal courtroom blocks from the Dome today.

Butting In: Louisiana Ranks 7th For Tobacco Use

LaToya Cantrell may be on jihad to stop smoking in Orleans Parish, but bans aside, the council member has her work cut out of her. A recent study by the website, BetterDoctor, has Louisiana ranked in the top ten for tobacco use.

Bad Trip

NOPD Make Big Bust Blocks From Fest

The vending rules at Jazz Fest are pretty strict. Even if you live nearby, the Fest frowns down upon unlicensed sales. If those unlicensed sales are enough drugs to stock Hunter S. Thompson’s suitcase, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) does not appreciate it either. Today, detectives busted a Mid City man for allegedly planning to sell a potpourri of recreational narcotics.

Crack Clampdown

A citizen tip resulted in a bust at an alleged Algiers crack house on Wednesday (4.08). The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Street Gang Task Force Unit arrested three men on drug charges, rescued a baby, and seized a stash of crack after the dust had settled.

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