Abbott Announces Anti-Fentanyl Plan To Send Narcan To All Counties

Photo: Texas Governor's Office

Governor Greg Abbott plans to distribute doses of Narcan to every one of the 254 counties in Texas. Abbott announced a $10 million fentanyl awareness campaign on Thursday. The governor said the state's "One Pill Kills" campaign is designed to warn Texans about the dangers of fentanyl. Abbott said the Texas Division of Emergency Management will deliver 20-thousand nasal spray doses of the overdose-reversing medication Narcan to the sheriff's offices in each of the state's counties. 

"It is crucial we raise awareness of the dangers of fentanyl to prevent poisonings in Texas," said HHSC Executive Commissioner Cecile Young. "All Texans should understand fentanyl risks and talk with their loved ones about its dangers and the life-saving power of NARCAN. Through this $10 million multimedia operation, HHSC is helping Texas lead the fight against the fentanyl crisis plaguing our state and nation."

"We are eager to distribute life-saving medication to counteract the impacts of the fentanyl crisis," said TDEM Chief Nim Kidd. "As we work together to help Texas communities combat these deadly drugs, I look forward to working with local officials and first responders to provide medication that reverses the deadly effects of opioids." 

"Texas' efforts to combat the fentanyl crisis and educate the public should be replicated nationwide," said TXAF Founder Stefanie Turner. "In the next few years, TXAF hopes to use Texas as a national model for increasing awareness of the fentanyl crisis to save innocent lives. I thank Governor Abbott for his leadership on this issue, and I look forward to being a voice alongside him as we fight to pass legislation that will educate Texans about the dangers of fentanyl and keep this deadly drug out of our communities."

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