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Needle Exchange Programs Officially Authorized By State of Louisiana

Locally-run needle exchange programs were officially authorized by the state on June 3rd as Governor Edwards signed bill HB250 into law. The bill, sponsored by Representative Steven Plyant (R), declared that the state “shall not prohibit the establishment and implementation of a needle exchange program within the jurisdiction of a local governing authority.” While the law does not devote any specific funding from the state for local needle exchange programs, or provide any mandate that localities develop programs of their own, it is without question a big step towards the development of resources for harm reduction across Louisiana. 

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. 

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.

Not for Teacher: Educator Busted for Drugs

A Plaquemines Parish school teacher and his roommate are headed for some serious detention after an inter-agency operation ended with a drug bust at their residence. Three different agencies coordinated to follow up on a tip about the educator and ultimately discovered a criminal stash of heroin, acid, 'shrooms, and weed at an uptown residence.

Heroin Ad on Craigslist Sends 3 Offline

Heroin's increasing hold on New Orleans spread to online outlets in one case this week. Three men were arrested Wednesday (7-29) in Metairie after responding to an ad for heroin on Craigslist, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office said Friday.

Four-Time Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

An accused bank robber pleaded guilty Wednesday to four heists in the CBD and Gentilly, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office announced. Dwayne Hupp, 51, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., came to New Orleans to pull off the jobs in August and September of 2013.

Heroin's Hold

New Orleans Heroin Overdose Deaths Increase Amid 'Public Health Crisis'

July 2, 2014 -- For one of the most recent New Orleanians to die of a heroin overdose, the typical characterization of a “junkie” does not apply.


The woman, whose name is being withheld, benefitted from a privileged upbringing, including attending high school at Uptown’s prestigious Academy of the Sacred Heart. Like many of her peers, she also experimented with drugs, including heroin.

Get Carter: Cops Bust CBD Drug Dealer

A CBD drug dealer was caught selling Sunday on Canal St., according to NOPD. About 6:30 p.m., a pair of officers patrolling the area observed Eric Carter in the midst of a deal near the corner of Canal St. and Elk Pl.

Heroin Bust in New Orleans East

New Orleans police raided a New Orleans East apartment early Wednesday morning and found $100,000 worth of heroin. Cops booked two people, Roland Mason, 26, and his girlfriend Liza Glover, 32, with possession of 200 to 400 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute in connection to the bust, according to police.

Jim Letten Announces Heroin Bust, Liveblogged

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is taking the podium this afternoon, and didn't announce the topic of his address. But when the U.S. Department of Justice's man in the Crescent City beckons us to 650 Poydras, we figure we might as well obliged. Plus, we got to ride on an elevator! Find out what all the hubbub is about by clicking "Read More."

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