Senator Bill Cassidy talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the nation's growing opioid epidemic, his ideas for possible ideas solutions based on his medical experience and what the federal government is doing to lend a hand to communities across the country.

Cassidy, in Shreveport for a meeting with the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, tells KEEL listeners about his interaction with law enforcement officials, counselors and addicts and how to implement changes that help those afflicted get assistance and, in many cases, avoid time in jail in exchange for treatment.

Cassidy adds that "there are increasing conversations (among those in the medical field) on how to limit (opioid) prescriptions" Cassidy, a physician, also says, "We've been very proactive in Louisiana in educating members to decrease the number of opioid prescriptions, if you have to prescribe at all."

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