- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies are participating in a “Louisiana Heroin Summit,” designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.

The all-day event Tuesday is hosted by the Louisiana State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The state police says that the Baton Rouge area ranked 19th in the nation last year per capita for heroin overdose deaths, with 34 people who died from use of the drug.

Arrests for heroin also are on the rise statewide. The state police says 152 pounds of heroin were seized last year, compared to 21 pounds in 2012.

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