A unique lawsuit settlement that may save the lives of opioid overdose victims was announced today by Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry. Landry says 120 family members and friends are currently dying everyday to opioid abuse across the country. Louisiana is one of the top ten states for drug overdoses by opioids.
The agreement by Landry’s office and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, will give Louisiana the equivalent of one million dollars worth of Naloxone doses, a drug that offsets the effects of opioids. Landry says the doses will be about 60 thousand vials and will be distributed to first responders in Louisiana through vouchers, which various public safety organizations may request.
“This is an epidemic that knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white or Hispanic, whether you’re poor or rich, whether you live in an effluent neighborhood or a poor neighborhood. This epidemic is taking loved ones.” says Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry.
It’s effecting individuals regardless of your demographic. That’s why this settlement is so unique.
“The product won’t expire, we’ll may sure that the training is in place I want to once again thank the general for coming up with something that the other 49 states could not come up with.” Other than just taking the cash, Louisiana is taking the next step.
“This is a tool for our first responders. It’s not a substitute for emergency medical care provided by paramedics but it is something that when my deputies are first on the scene, and the scene’s not secure for medical professionals to come in, that at least we’ll have the option of trying to save someones life.” says Lafayette Sheriff Garber.
Landry says Louisiana writes more prescriptions for opioids than there are people, this is one of only eight states to reach that number.
“We believe that these vials are priceless that the lives they save you cannot add a dollar value to.”
The vouchers will be distributed and begin circulating within the next 30 days.