LAFAYETTE, LA - The Lafayette coroner's office is now reporting an increase in fentanyl use throughout the parish.
According to activists with Acadiana Harm Reduction when Covid-19 hit last year the Lafayette Coroner's Office saw 50 deaths total and already this year they've seen more than 40 deaths in Lafayette Parish.
Christy Couvilier, a recovering addict since 2016 hopes things get better as the crisis increases.
“I remember the pain in my grandparents' eyes when they saw what I looked like and my kids crying for me to go get help. At that moment I realized I have to do something different or I'm going to die.” Christy Couvilier Said.
Couvillier says she has seen firsthand the number of drugs that have fentanyl in them.
“If you have teenagers that are going to parties, and they are experimenting with marijuana or experiencing cocaine or a pill from the pharmacy and it contains fentanyl.” Christy Couvilier Said.
As the crisis grows, activists are starting a non-profit in hopes of preventing the increase in fentanyl deaths in Lafayette parish.
“Our friends kept dying. We were tired of sitting and watching it happen and we said why don't we just do something about it and we made some calls. I started buying narcan at the pharmacy for about 75 dollars a pop.” Kady Douglas Said.
The push continues as activists urge those struggling with fentanyl addiction to seek help as soon as possible.
“If somebody that is not going into an overdose is giving narcan nothing will happen to them, that's just it. it only takes the opioids out of your system. there is no second use for this drug, it’s only a lifesaving drug.” Kady Douglas Said.
Now if you are in a crisis situation with the use of fentanyl and are in need of narcan. You can reach out to Acadiana Harm Reduction to prevent the overdose from happening.