Law Enforcement Sees Damage Done By Drugs In Rapides Parish

Rapides Parish Police.

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) – The wave of deaths caused by drug use in Rapides Parish has reached such a point that some public safety officials have mulled the idea of recording a public service announcement.

Law Enforcement Sees Damage Done By Drugs In Rapides ParishIn 2015, 27 people in Rapides Parish died from drug overdoses, according to numbers from the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office. Of those, seven were related to heroin.
There were 13 deaths in 2015 related to opiates other than heroin – fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone.As of May, Rapides has had 16 overdose deaths. three involving heroin and 11 more related to opiates. Firefighters at Rapides Parish Fire District #2 have seen the drama behind those figures. Like the case that Derek Desselle, a fire equipment operator/emergency medical technician, recalled from about two years ago – around the time officials began to realize that heroin was back in Central Louisiana in a big way.
“He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead. Y’all gotta help him,” is what Desselle remembers a man’s friends yelling as they rushed into the department’s Ransbottom Drive station that night.
What firefighters found outside was a man in a car, not breathing, lips blue, still in possession of a needle and a spoon. He also had needles in his pockets.
Whatever it’s called – synthetic marijuana or mojo, legal weed, Spice, K2 or hundreds of other names – the proper term is synthetic cannabinoid, and it’s what really worries Alexandria Police Department Chief Loren Lampert.Read more source page