Experts tackle deadly problem in Jefferson Parish

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Local experts tackle a deadly problem in Jefferson Parish - heroin use.

The use of heroin has been on the rise since 2007, according to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Experts say heroin is more readily available than other drugs, such as prescription painkillers, become harder to get. Thursday, the Jefferson Parish Alliance for Concerned Citizens will hold a town hall meeting to talk about the problem with heroin.

It's the second largest drug threat in the state of Louisiana and a growing problem in Jefferson Parish. A panel of local experts, including the Jefferson Parish Corner, will speak about everything from the dangers of the drug to what can be done to treat overdoses.

The town hall meeting will be held at the District Attorney's Office in Jefferson Parish from 9-11 a.m. It's free and open to the public.

This is a chance to talk to the people who deal with the problem of heroin every day here locally and the hope is, with this discussion, the community can come up with a solution.

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