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Over 300 dead in another record year for overdose deaths


FEB 18, 2022 - 4:00 AM

Following another year of skyrocketing overdose deaths, Baton Rouge city and community leaders are doubling down on efforts to prosecute high-trafficking drug dealers and ease treatment access for people struggling with addiction.

"There's a lot of bodies that are washing up on the shore," said Tonja Myles, a substance abuse counselor and local advocate. "We need to go to where they're jumping in to stop them from getting to that point."

More than 300 people died of overdoses in the parish in 2021, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark. With toxicology results still pending for many of the year-end cases, Clark said the total is approaching 350.

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