Texas AG Ken Paxton Introduces ‘Dose of Reality’


In an effort to combat Texas’ rising opioid epidemic, Attorney General Ken Paxton introduced the “Dose of Reality.” The campaign, which was first established in Wisconsin by Attorney General Brad Schimel, aims to teach the danger of opioid abuse. Content for the website was developed by Attorney General Paxton in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services.

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Dallas NewsThe website includes downloadable material on opioids, risk factors and the safe storage and disposal of unwanted drugs, he said. The site also has an interactive map of official locations to dispose of unwanted drugs. Dose of Reality was first established in September 2015 in Wisconsin and has expanded to Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Austin StatesmanAs the legal battle against Purdue continues, however, we are opening new fronts in the war against opioids in Texas. My office recently launched its “Dose of Reality” campaign, a one-stop shop website with information on the opioid epidemic and painkillers in general, precautions to protect yourself and your family, and practical help if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction. You can find more information at DoseofReality.Texas.gov. It includes downloadable materials on opioids, risk factors, and safe storage and disposal of unwanted prescription painkillers.

Woodland OnlineOpioids are a family of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin as well as illegal drugs like heroin. Each day, 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Nationwide, there were 42,249 opioid overdoses in 2016, including 1,375 opioid-related deaths in Texas. The death toll attributed to opioids in the U.S. has quadrupled over the last two decades.