January 1, 2019
State of Emergency
by Rep. Ryan Guillen
The holidays are right around the corner, which means people all over the country are heading home to spend time with their families. Some aren't so lucky. Thousands of Texans have died from opioid overdoses over the last few years.
Facing The Challenge
A report from the Texas House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse took a look at the challenges Texas is facing with drug abuse. The committee made recommendations for us to follow, including good Samaritan laws, making medication-assisted treatment options available and making opioids a last-minute option for pain treatment.
Averting the Crisis
Even though Texas has one of the lowest opioid overdose rates in the country, it's imperative we don't ever let it reach proportions other states are experiencing. While a bill in the last session that would have protected people who reported overdoses to authorities was vetoed by the governor, we will reintroduce the legislation in the next session.
Making A Mark
This is a chance for us to save lives in Texas and lead the nation in fighting the opioid epidemic. Life presents us with many challenges through the years, and this is one challenge that has to be faced head-on. We can't just sit idly by while our fellow Texans die from preventable overdoses.