FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/24/2017
REPRESENTATIVE TONI ROSE APPOINTED TO THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON OPIOIDS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Austin, TX - State Representative Toni Rose (TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 110), has been appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. Created to study the issue of opioid abuse, substance use, and substance use disorders, the committee is charged with analyzing state impact and will recommend solutions to reduce the presence of this growing Texas epidemic.
"I am honored to have been appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse," said Representative Rose. "The use and abuse of opioids continues to increase and negatively impact the lives of many individuals in Texas. Many are unaware that almost half of all U.S. opioid deaths involve a prescription opioid."
In 2015, the most current year of available data, 145 Dallas County residents were amongst the 1186 Texas residents who died as a result of intentional poisoning from selected opioids.
According to the US Center for Disease Control, the number of deaths related to opioid overdose continues to increase. In 2015, 63.1% of the 52,404 drug overdose deaths in the United States involved the use of an opioid. During the same year, approximately 2 million individuals in the U.S. suffered with opioid use disorder from prescription opioids.
During the 85th Regular Legislative Session, Representative Rose sponsored legislation to develop medical guidelines requiring doctors to prescribe an opioid antagonist to patients at high risk of an overdose at the time they are prescribed opioid medication. Opioid antagonists like naloxone immediately reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioid overdose is not just a problem for those who abuse the medication and can occur when the medication is taken in conjunction with other prescribed treatments.
The House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance abuse is charged with reviewing the impact of substance use disorders and substance abuse in women, homeless individuals, veterans, those in the criminal justice system, and those suffering with mental illness. The committee will determine the number of programs available, the number of individuals receiving these services and the current state-wide need for services.
Additionally, the committee will review processes currently used by state agencies to monitor and deter prescription drug abuse in programs funded and administered by the state. "It is important to ensure this epidemic does not continue to destroy lives. We must be diligent in our efforts to develop solutions to ensure access to adequate healthcare while protecting the lives of Texans," said Representative Rose.
Elected in 2012, Representative Toni Rose represents District 110, which includes Oak Cliff, Highland Hills, Pleasant Grove, Balch Springs and parts of Mesquite. Representative Rose serves on the House Appropriations, Calendars and Human Service Committees.
Contact: Alma Allen-Johnson