It’s been 48 days since President Trump considered but not formally declared the opioid epidemic to be a national emergency, however legal steps have yet to be taken. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton however, has a different approach backed by action- investigating companies that manufacture or distribute prescription painkillers, recently serving subpoenas to eight companies, in hopes of a solution and prevention in prolonging what has become an epidemic.
With cities like Austin, Texas being affected deeply by this epidemic, the time to take action is now. Paxton states, “Protecting Texans is a top priority of my office. The goal of this phase of our investigation is to collect enough information so that the multi-state coalition can effectively evaluate whether manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids. We’ll determine an appropriate course of action once it’s determined what role these companies may have played in creating or prolonging the opioid crisis.” These efforts Texas Attorney General Paxton is taking, paired with addiction treatment is a beacon of hope for Austin, Texas residents affected by the opioid epidemic.
The facts are that nationwide and in Texas, prescription and illegal opioids are the main driver of addiction of heroin and of drug overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, including 2,588 in Texas. Opioid overdoses in the U.S. have quadrupled since 1999, and it is apparent that pharmaceutical companies have played a major role in this. Investigating these companies is a start to prevent opioid abuse.
In June, Paxton and his fellow state attorneys general announced the launch of their coalition to determine whether drug makers and distributors have broken any laws amid the deadly epidemic of opioid abuse. We here at Infinite Recovery think that is time for us as a nation to truly look at this epidemic killing our neighbors, our friends, and our families. The time for help is now and treatment for opioid addiction is available.
We here at Infinite Recovery are closely monitoring the opioid epidemic and are here to help. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction or heroin addiction, get help now. We offer a confidential hotline at (844) 206-9063 and our admissions team is available 24/7 online.