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The Listening Post Asks: How Should We Deal With The Opioid Crisis?

Poppies are grown to produce opiates.
Poppies are grown to produce opiates.

In 2016 there were more drug related deaths than murders in New Orleans. Mostly due to opioids. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he has a plan to deal with the growing national opioid epidemic. The Listening Post turned it's attention to opioids and asked:

1) What evidence of the opioid epidemic have you seen? How has it impacted you?

2) What would you do if someone you knew was addicted to opioids, like heroin or oxycodone? 

3) What strategies would help communities better deal with drug epidemics?

Here's a couple of our favorite answers:

1) "I used to think drug addiction was fueled by despair, but now the chemistry of these new opioids is frightening. Just a few days - even if it's a legitimate need (meaning Rx) - your body is hooked. And it's just too easy, the pills (are) too available."

2) "I would do what my friend's grandfather did and take them to our camp in Manchac and work them until (the) drugs were out of their system."

3) "JOBS! And good housing. When people aren't idle, and feeling thrown-away, most of them can move in a positive direction"

The Listening Post project seeks to establish a two-way conversation with the citizens of New Orleans. Participants can both contribute thoughts and commentary about important issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive news and information important to local communities. Join the conversation by calling or texting "Hello" to (504) 303-4348.

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Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer and audio engineer who lives in New Orleans. You'll see him around town recording music, podcasts, short films, live events and radio features. He's practically glued to his headphones. A movie geek to his core, he's seen every film listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies and would love to talk to you about them.

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