- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Landry is working with Louisiana’s ambulance operators and a drug company on a new informational campaign to educate the public on opioid abuse.

Landry announced Wednesday a new website at www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org that has information about assistance and treatment. The effort also will include advertisements and community outreach.

The campaign is a joint effort with the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance, with funding from drug company Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which produces the overdose antidote naloxone.

Landry’s office says drug overdoses annually surpass automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 64.

A recent Associated Press review found Louisiana had more painkiller prescriptions than people in 2015, 1.03 prescriptions per person, the sixth-highest rate nationally.

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