Fighting the Scourge of Opioid Addiction

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 11/03/2018

Last week, a bill I introduced to help combat the ongoing opioid crisis in this country, the Substance Abuse Prevention Act, was signed into law by President Trump.

This bill is a necessary step in fighting the epidemic of opioid abuse that continues to cut short tens of thousands of lives across the nation.

Texas isn't immune to this problem. Deaths from drug overdoses in Texas more than doubled last year, from 1,087 to 2,979. More than 500 of these lives were lost to opioid abuse.

click to here to view photos from the roundtable

To get a better idea of how Texas communities will benefit from this law, I hosted a roundtable in Houston on Monday with local non-profits, law enforcement, and judges who work directly with those struggling with opioid and substance use disorders – helping Houston residents get clean and stay clean.

It is my hope that this bill will begin to stem the flow of opioids and illicit drugs into our communities, and I'm proud to see what Texans are already doing to fight back against this terrible problem.

click here for my remarks following the roundtable discussion