Why do drug deaths eclipse murders in New Orleans? Xavier panel to discuss addiction and "truth behind the numbers"

Drug overdose-related deaths eclipsed murders for the first time in New Orleans last year, prompting the coroner's office to remind the city of its "accelerating public health crisis." Coroner Jeffrey Rouse recorded 211 drug-related deaths in 2016, when there were 175 murders.Of those 211 drug deaths, 166 involved opiates — compared to 81 in 2015.…

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