Greg Abbott on Tuesday said the state’s opiate crisis is over.
It’s over,” Abbott said in a press conference in Austin, Texas, according to a report from the Associated Press.
“I just got off the phone with our chief medical officer and our commissioner of health.
And I told them that we have the best medical care system in the country.
We have the most comprehensive healthcare system in our state.
And if the opioid crisis continues, the situation in the United States of America will be over by 2020.”
In January, the state reported a record 7,821 opioid deaths.
Abbott has proposed a package of drug overdose relief, including a $500 million overdose prevention fund, but has yet to receive the funds.