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The Real Cost of Opioid Addiction (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-03-08

Duration: 00:08:59

Subjects: Opioids | Drug addiction | Drugs | Health


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Roach, Tyler Interviewee
  • Harang, Jack Interviewee


This segment from the March 8, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ report on children who are born with exposure to opioids. She interviews Tyler Roach, who discusses his wife’s addiction to opioids following a car accident and the developmental issues caused by his son being born with opioid exposure. She also interviews Jack Harang, the lead attorney for the Opioid Justice Team, who discusses the statistics for opioid exposed children, his class action lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies on behalf of opioid exposed children, and the need for more education on the issue. Williams also reads a statement by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies in the lawsuit.