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Opioid Deaths In Texas Rise

Texas needs more treatment options and medication as opioid deaths rise

Like other states, Texas is seeing a rise in deaths from opioid overdoses.

Experts say deaths in the state have been rising about ten percent a year since 2014.

Matt Feehery with Memorial Hermann in Houston says the state needs to provide more treatment options, and that includes medication.

“And for some we know that abstinence from substances may not be more than an ideal, which is why many state and federal responses and strategies are focused on harm reduction – which is preventing accidental death, reducing the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV and Hep C and stopping criminal activities of sustained use,” Feehery said before a legislative committee in Austin.