Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas should fund the distribution of an overdose reversal medication to combat opioid-related deaths. Abbott made the comments on Monday in a press conference at state police headquarters in Beaumont. The governor blamed President Biden's border policies for allowing a nationwide flood of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid. Abbott says the state should start funding the distribution of Narcan, providing it to law enforcement agencies, as well as some hospitals and schools.
"Fentanyl remains the single deadliest drug threat our state and nation has ever encountered, killing four Texans every day," said Governor Abbott. "Fentanyl is a clandestine killer, with Mexican drug cartels strategically manufacturing and distributing the drug disguised as painkillers, stimulants, anti-anxiety drugs, and even candy. In the Biden Administration's negligence to address this national security threat, Texas has designated Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations and is launching a statewide public awareness campaign to fight the fentanyl crisis in our state. I am proud to announce the launch of the State of Texas' comprehensive 'One Pill Kills' campaign to remind Texans that just one pill laced with fentanyl can take someone's life. Together, we will protect more innocent lives from being lost to this deadly drug."