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Learn The Facts

In the U.S. today, statistically you are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a car crash or even gun violence. Closer to home, the opioid crisis has become even more dire for East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish residents.

Awareness is the first step in combating this crisis. We must heighten awareness in our community, educate our youth, bring focus to the problem, and enact practical — yet rapid — change to save lives.


Overdose Deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish as of September 7, 2022  

204 (167 Confirmed and 44 Pending toxicology reports) Last Year

September 7, 2021

 3.43% increase


Non-fatal overdoses in East Baton Rouge Parish as of September 7, 2022

953 Last Year September 7, 2021

3.04% increase 

Of all OD deaths in 2021, 93% were due to some type of opiate/opioid – 88% were attributable to fentanyl!


*Data provided by The EBRDA Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) based on data received from the EBR Coroner & Police Incident Reports.

Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that is at least 50-100x more potent than morphine. 

  • Pharmaceutical – Regulated by the FDA and used “safely” to treat severe pain 

  • Non-pharmaceutical – Not regulated (more dangerous), illicitly manufactured (IMF), and often more potent, resulting in unintended overdose


Fentanyl is the leading drug in overdoses. It is being laced into other things, including marijuana, and many are not aware they are taking it. First-time experimentation can be fatal. Just 2 mg – or less than 0.007% of an ounce – causes certain death.

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