Jeff Sadow

Webster Parish need not make the same mistake as Bossier Parish did in misdiagnosing the opioid crisis.

Recently, Webster Parish police jurors debated whether to join a number of Louisiana local governments in suing opioid manufacturers and/or distributors. A federal court in Cleveland is aggregating such efforts.

If they decide affirmatively, that would create an interesting bookend. Neighboring Bossier Parish, Webster’s partner in the state’s 26th Judicial District, at the end of last year was the first of the state’s local governments to sue.

And that also would repeat a mistake. The hype surrounding the increased prescribing of opioids and deaths resulting from


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