New Orleans joins anti-opioid program

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Federal, State and local authorities joined New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell this morning for a news conference on a new program to attack the opioid crisis. 

Cantrell spoke first, surrounded by law enforcement from across the area.

''More deaths due to opioids and heroin than gun violence in the city of New Orleans,'' Cantrell said.

New Orleans becomes the 16th U.S. city to join the pilot the program to help in the battle against the use of heroin and the prescription drug epidemic.

It's called the ''360 Strategy'' and is designed to attack the drug trade and make use of community resources, which includes educating young people of the dangers.

''When an individual is impacted the entire family is impacted and the entire community comes right along with them,'' said Cantrell.

Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes are included in the muti-pronged approach to the crisis.