Welcome to the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office Web Site.

Dr. John C. King, Coroner
Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office
123 Texas Street
Raceland, La. 70394
Office 985-537-7055

Fax 985-537-3021







Mission Statement



  • Through our actions we represent those who can no longer represent themselves.

  • Provide quality services as required by law or mandated by the public in order to enhance the health, safety, and general well being of the citizens and guests of Lafourche Parish.

  • To assume jurisdiction over persons who come to their death suddenly, or where the death is caused by unnatural or unlawful means ensuring that decedents and their survivors are treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect.

  • Ensure that investigations are carried out in an expeditious and professional manner, and maintaining the highest level of sensitivity and compassion to the surviving loved ones during their time of grief.

  • Work in partnership with other organizations toward the reduction of preventable deaths.

  • Provide educational presentations and continually serve as a resource to the public regarding the field of medicolegal death investigation.

Our purpose is to serve our fellow citizens by protecting the public's health and safety, participating in the criminal justice and health systems, and providing data for vital statistical purposes.

In accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 13:5713 

The Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office conducts independent investigations in Lafourche Parish. The purpose of these investigations is to determine the manner and cause of death and ensure that the circumstances surrounding the death are understood and explained.





NEWS RELEASE               



On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the LAFOURCHE PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to LAFOURCHE PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE at 123 TEXAS STREET RACELAND, LA.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.


For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or WWW.LPCORONER.COM



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