June 18, 2014

Narconon Louisiana Applauds Governor Jindals’s Decision to Tackle the Rise of Black Tar Heroin in Louisiana by Signing a New Bill Into Law

Rising deaths from heroin overdose in Louisiana prompted change in policy.

Denham Springs, LA (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

On Friday, May 30, 2014, Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill which increased the penalties for repeat offenders guilty of heroin distribution from 50 years to 99 years. This a complete reversal of the sentencing reform that Louisiana Legislature passed a few years ago which had actually lowered the penalty for heroin distribution from a life sentence to 50 years. This newer, aggressive stance is largely due to the spike in heroin use across Louisiana, with over 144 heroin overdose deaths in 2013.

East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. Beau Clark has advocated for harsher sentences for convicted heroin dealers, and stated, "Typically, heroin users don't use and users don't deal, meaning addicts need treatment more than they need jail time."

Claire Madden, Narconon Louisiana graduate and past heroin user who is sober for over 5 years, concurs saying, "I know first-hand that treatment works. This has been the primary motivation I have used as I am completing my degree on the path to becoming a licensed counselor so I may provide others the help I received through treatment."

Narconon Louisiana has begun a month long campaign to bring awareness to the problem of drug addiction and specifically to combat the rise in heroin overdose in our home state. By providing information highlighting the physiological effects of heroin the reader will become more aware of how to detect heroin abuse around them.

You can find more information about Heroin addiction by visiting the heroin information page on Narconon New Life Retreats home page.

Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat, located in Denham Springs is a non-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation center dedicated to eliminating alcohol and drug addiction through drug prevention education and rehabilitation.

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