NOLA Detox Logo
Jun 27, 2024

Rising Concern Among Jefferson Parish Officials Over Spike in Drug Use & Overdoses in 2023

Rising Concern Among Jefferson Parish Officials Over Spike In Drug Use & Overdoses In 2023

In Jefferson Parish, drug overdoses are a significant public health concern — mirroring broader substance abuse patterns in Louisiana. The parish is marred with increased drug overdose cases, some of which have resulted in deaths.

Read on as we summarize a 2023 article by FOX8 News that reviews drug overdose statistics in the parish and discusses how NOLA Detox and Recovery Center offers drug addiction treatment for those in need of care.

Jefferson, Orleans Drug Overdose Statistics in 2023

According to FOX8 News, drug overdoses in Jefferson Parish are still on the rise. Jefferson’s Parish coroner — Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich — projected the number of deaths caused by drug overdose in 2023 to be between 250 and 280, which is slightly higher than those recorded in 2022.

When asked about drug overdose cases in Jefferson, Cvitanovich said, “I think it’s worse, probably, in any metropolitan area, especially a metropolitan area like ours where there’s a lot of, you know, fun going on, a lot of partying going on… but it’s bad everywhere.”

The coroner’s predictions are in line with reports by the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, whose studies show that there have been over 1,267 overdose deaths per year in Louisiana and that drug overdoses account for 2.75% of the cases. The studies further indicate that Louisiana has an overdose death rate of 28.3 individuals per 100,000 residents, which is 37% above the national average.

To counter the effects of drug use and overdose, the New Orleans Health Department has offered overdose response training to 1,392 people and administered Narcan doses to another 5,214 individuals.

Local New Orleans addiction treatment centers are also doing their part to help those in need.

Learn More About Drug Addiction Treatment in New Orleans

Start your drug addiction treatment at NOLA Detox and Recovery Center, where we combine comprehensive care and evidence-based methods with New Orleans hospitality and culture.

Our wide range of proven drug addiction treatment plans — including inpatient and outpatient options — are designed to help you recover from addiction and reclaim your life.

Contact us today to learn more about our drug addiction treatment in New Orleans.

Feel Better Faster

New Orleans’ Own

Addiction is not your fault, but it is your responsibility. If you’re on our site, you’re likely facing a critical situation.
We are here for you and committed to providing the care you need.

Call or Text – available 24/7. Admissions by appointment only.