In response to the Texas Tribune, Abbott stated when he vetoed Home Invoice 225 in 2015 that it lacked “satisfactory protections to stop its misuse by ordinary drug abusers and drug sellers.” In response to reporting from the Austin American-Statesman in 2019, up to date variations of the payments tried to deal with such considerations however have been nonetheless unsuccessful in changing into legislation.
“I’m not making an attempt to throw him underneath the bus in any respect. I simply suppose he and his people simply have to study a bit of bit extra about what’s happening and the way many individuals are dying of drug overdoses,” Raney stated of Abbott.
Raney stated “a great variety of teams” assist the laws. Cindy Soltis, director of intervention and remedy providers on the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, reacted positively to the invoice in a telephone interview Friday.
“It’ll save much more lives, as a result of individuals are scared to name, so they may go away the physique the place it’s to be discovered later,” Soltis stated. “There shouldn’t be authorized penalties for somebody that calls to assist save a life — it’s going to present that particular person a chance to get remedy and to reside. Let’s scale back the hurt till we will get this particular person assist. Lots of people are caught on this illness for various years however they do ultimately get remedy and get assist.”
In separate interviews, Raney and Soltis each articulated a need to see elevated assets for psychological well being and habit prevention and remedy assets and amenities. Raney is a part of a an advert hoc group that features members of Brazos County’s commissioners courtroom, stakeholders from the cities of Bryan and Faculty Station, Texas A&M College, the sheriff’s workplace, numerous medical well being entities and psychological well being leaders working to brainstorm options and convey in additional assets.