- The number of drug related accidental deaths in Nola in 2016 was 211
- Murders accounted for 175 deaths
- Of the drug-related deaths, 166 involved opioids such as Fentanyl
- The city coroner has asked for more resources to fight opioid addiction
- ‘Prioritize treatment rather than punishment’ he said
The number of drug-related overdose deaths in New Orleans has surpassed that of murder deaths, perhaps for the first time.
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said that there were 211 drug-related deaths last year, exceeding the number of murders, which was 175, reported the Times-Picayune.
The drug-related deaths were more than double the 92 drug-related deaths reported in 2015. Opioid deaths were double the 81 in 2015, said the city coroner on Monday.
There were 211 drug-related deaths in NOLA in 2016, more than the 175 murders, said the coroner – much of that due to opioids such as Fentanyl, above