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Overdose deaths: Opioid-related overdose deaths in Lafayette Parish have risen in the last four years

Opioid-related overdose deaths have seen a startling increase in Lafayette Parish and experts say the situation may be even worse than the official numbers indicate.

Axis Behavioral Health and Recovery, KATC-3 and The Acadiana Advocate hosted a town hall discussion at noon Tuesday on the current state of Acadiana’s opioid crisis.

The panel of experts included: Lafayette Parish Coroner Dr. Ken Odinet, Judge Tommy Duplantier and newly elected City Marshal, Reggie Thomas and psychiatric nurse practitioner Mark deClouet.

Watch a replay of the town hall discussion here: