Tuesday, March 28, 2017

City officials urge treatment as drug overdose deaths surpass murders

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 12:05 AM

The health department's Joseph Kanter: "Opioid addiction a medical illness. It's not a character flaw,"
  • The health department's Joseph Kanter: "Opioid addiction a medical illness. It's not a character flaw,"

Drug-related overdose deaths surpassed the number of murders in New Orleans in 2016. New Orleans health department medical director Joseph Kanter is urging people struggling with substance abuse to seek addiction treatment.

According to New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse, of last year's record 211 drug-related deaths, 166 involved opiates — compared to 81 in 2015. Compared to 2015 deaths, the number of people who died with the synthetic opioid fentanyl in their system more than tripled. There were 13 fentantyl-related deaths in 2015, when there were 93 drug-related deaths overall. Forty-eight people died with fentanyl in their system last year.

Kanter says "unfortunately these are in line with national numbers" for drug-related deaths, which climbed to more than 50,000 in 2015. Opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015.

"Opioid addiction is a medical illness. It's not a character flaw," Kanter said. "There's excellent treatment for it. Friends, family members and loved ones who suffer from addiction need to know there is a treatment available, and you should help your loved ones go and seek treatment."

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Monday, March 27, 2017

The New York Times profiles Sidney Torres

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 9:38 PM

Sidney Torres.
  • Sidney Torres.

Garbage tycoon/real estate developer/reality TV star Sidney Torres — will he or won't he run for mayor?

The local speculation went national tonight when The New York Times profiled the star of CNBC's The Deed in a larger story about political neophytes who are eying a political run (some inspired, the story says, by the electoral success of Donald Trump):

Much the way Mr. Trump dismissed questions about his checkered private life, Mr. Torres, who sports a man bun, predicted few voters would care about his having had a child out of wedlock with a model or recoil at an Instagram account that is heavier on images of his Gulfstream jet than of gumbo. In fact, Mr. Torres readily volunteers that he was asked to relocate his private jet when Mr. Trump used a local hangar for a rally last year.

“I believe everybody should have the opportunity to have nice things,” he said.

Torres also says he's ready to put $4 million into the race — if he runs.

Read the whole thing — and our cover story about Torres' possible political ambitions.


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Y@ Speak: briefly

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Before we enter the fifth season (Festival), we prepare the trinity: Disaster capitalism, football stuff and Ken Polite dancing his way out of court. Also this week: Most of New Orleans didn't vote, and Louisiana's members of Congress were first in line to console the president.

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Survey: Louisianans want tax increases, spending cuts to solve state budget crisis

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM

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Louisiana residents may not be as anti-tax as conventional wisdom suggests, according to an LSU survey released today, but most residents also believe the state can and ought to reduce spending by eliminating government inefficiencies.

A sizable majority of those surveyed — 71 percent — believe lawmakers should use a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to solve the state’s reoccurring budget shortfalls, LSU’s Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs Louisiana Survey 2017 found.

Researchers found tax hikes must be tied to specific areas, like higher education, elementary and secondary education and health care, to gain support.

But which taxes should lawmakers increase when they go into session April 10th?

“That’s the part where the public is not offering our public leaders, our policymakers, a clear path,” said LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Michael Henderson, co-author of the report.

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After more than 200 drug-related deaths in 2016, New Orleans Coroner says city "in the midst of an accelerating public health crisis"

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 12:21 PM

A naloxone kit of the kind carried by first responders. The antidote comes pre-measured in a
single-dose syringe that is easily converted into an inhaler, which allows for safe,
easy intranasal administration. - PHOTO BY DORA SISON
  • Photo by Dora Sison
  • A naloxone kit of the kind carried by first responders. The antidote comes pre-measured in a single-dose syringe that is easily converted into an inhaler, which allows for safe, easy intranasal administration.

More than 200 people died from drug-related causes in 2016, more than double the number of similar deaths from 2015. Compared to 2015 deaths, the number of people who died with the synthetic opioid fentanyl in their system more than tripled.

According to a report recently released by New Orleans Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, of last year's record 211 drug-related deaths, 166 involved opiates — compared to 81 in 2015. Forty-eight people died with fentanyl in their system. There were 13 fentantyl-related deaths in 2015, when there were 93 drug-related deaths overall.

“New Orleans is in the midst of an accelerating public health crisis of drug-related deaths, driven chiefly but not exclusively by the ongoing national opiate epidemic," Rouse said in a statement.

2016, Rouse said, was "likely the first time that drug-related deaths have surpassed homicides in the history of New Orleans."

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: Apprentice

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Wan Hanafi Su in Apprentice
  • Wan Hanafi Su in Apprentice

There has been no shortage of first-rate films examining the death penalty in recent decades, from Errol Morris’ groundbreaking documentary The Thin Blue Line to Tim Robbins’ powerful Dead Man Walking. Overtly or not, these films mostly build arguments against capital punishment, which can limit their reach as the films typically wind up preaching to the converted.

With his absorbing prison drama Apprentice, Singaporean filmmaker Boo Junfeng hopes to add new perspectives to the debate. In interviews, the 33-year-old Junfeng has stated his unequivocal opposition to the death penalty. (Singapore’s laws dictated mandatory death sentences for those convicted of drug trafficking as well as murder, a practice that continues today with a few circumstance-specific exceptions.) For his film, the writer-director identified two groups of people whose voices have not been a part of the discussion: the families of those executed — who often are consumed by their own guilt and shame — and those charged with carrying out the executions.

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Venetian film series starts tonight at NOMA with The Wings of a Dove

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 4:26 PM

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The New Orleans Museum of Art's "Friday Nights at NOMA" film series continues tonight with the first of three Venice-based films screened in conjunction with the museum's exhibition A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s. Tonight it's 1997 romantic drama The Wings of a Dove at 7:30 in the Stern Auditorium. The screening will be preceded by a short lecture on the film from UNO associate professor Laszlo Fulup, who curated the series.

Also tonight are family friendly "Art of the Spot" activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; music by all-female jazz band The BellaDonnas from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and “Masks and Identity in Casanova’s Venice,” a lecture by James H. Johnson at 6 p.m.

The series continues with screenings of Death in Venice on April 21 and Don't Look Now on May 19. More information is here.

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The Rip-Off Show celebrates two years as the only comedy game show in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the monthly comedy show The Rip-Off Show. - BRANDON SIMPSON
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  • Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the monthly comedy show The Rip-Off Show.

Billed as New Orleans' only comedy game show, The Rip-Off Show — partially inspired by Comedy Central's rapid-fire pop culture goof-off @midnight — turns two whole years old when it returns Saturday, March 25.

Six months into performing comedy, Geoffrey Gauchet had an idea for a show of his own and pitched it to Hi-Ho Lounge. "They booked me every month off the bat which was scary — 'oh, I would have to follow through with this,'" he says. Since 2015, The Rip-Off Show has run in three states, five cities, two comedy festivals and monthly at Hi-Ho.

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Bratz Y'all is now open in Bywater

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 1:17 PM

COURTESY BRATZ Y'ALL
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Sausage vendor Bratz Y'all (617 B Piety St.) opened its Bywater restaurant and beer garden today. Sven Vorkauf started Bratz Y'all as a food vendor at festivals and events. He and wife Jen Vorkauf's new spot serves sausages and German fare and German beers, wines and liquors, and there's indoor seating and a patio decorated like a German beer garden.

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