NEW ORLEANS, LA – Continuing his efforts to educate Louisiana students about the growing opioid epidemic and encourage healthy decision-making, Attorney General Jeff Landry participated in the first annual South Louisiana Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. His prepared remarks to the thousands of middle and high school students in attendance are as follows:
"Thank you, Brad, for
all you and the DEA are doing to make Louisiana safer. And thank you, Jim, and
the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation for this wonderful event.
I am Jeff Landry, Louisiana’s Attorney General. But more importantly, I am a father to a son who just started high school.
As the AG, I see the dangers and disasters of the opioid epidemic. And as a dad, I know the pressures y’all face at school and in your neighborhoods.
Today, I want to be sure you understand how important it is that you only take medicine prescribed directly to you by your doctor and filled at a legitimate pharmacy.
You see, many illegally obtained prescription drugs are counterfeits. Whether bought on line, on campus, or on the street – most of these counterfeits are laced with deadly substances.
How many of you have heard of the rapper Mac Miller? How many of you know that he died of an overdose from taking a counterfeit opioid that was laced with fentanyl?
As Mac Miller learned the hard way, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between counterfeit drugs and real medications. You see – it only takes one; there are no second chances.
Please check out www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org to learn more. Thank you!"