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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 Jan 1, 2023

 (1 Confirmed and 31 pending Toxicology reports)

Last Year

21-OD Deaths as of January 1, 2022

52.38% increase

YR 2022


282 Confirmed 19 pending Toxicology reports 

Data shows a decrease in OD deaths, but an increase in the presence of 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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