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COVID-19: Overdose Deaths (2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-07-17

Duration: 00:03:52

Subjects: Mental Health | Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Drugs | Drug addiction


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Laughinghouse, Jan Interviewee
  • Moore, Hillar Interviewee


This segment from the July 17, 2020, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the increase in drug overdose deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. He interviews Dr. Jan Laughinghouse, the interim director of Capital Area Human Services, who discusses: the impact of losing social interaction as a tool for drug abuse recovery at the start of the pandemic; fears about the pandemic acting as a trigger for anxiety and depression; and the slow return of mental health services. He also interviews East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, who discusses their efforts to stop the drug dealers.