Local organization fights opioid epidemic

On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Texas will be given more than $27 million dollars in new grant funding to fight opioid addiction.

According to the Texas Department of State and Health Services, in 2015, Texas had the second highest health care costs from opioid abuse in the nation.

In that same year there were more than 2,500 overdose deaths.

"In 2015 across the entire US there was 33,000 deaths and 15,000 of those deaths were due to prescription opiates. So, you can kind of get an idea of what the number might look like for the state of Texas," said Sarah Sanchez, the regional community liaison at BVCASA.

The Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse says the epidemic hasn't hit our community as hard.

"We're not necessarily seeing a lot of opioid addiction. We are seeing alcohol, marijuana and meth amphetamines," said Sanchez

BVCASA is still taking preventative measures.

"It is here in Texas. There are three cities among the top 25 cities in the United States with a problem, so we know it's near by and want we want to do is prepare are community for the eventuality it comes to the Brazos Valley," said Bill Roberts, community coalition coordinator for BVCASA.

The organization is preparing by starting a conversation with in the community and learning the warning signs.

"The health industry can't do it alone, the law enforcement can't do it, we have to cut off the demand and that's by educating the public, said Roberts.

BVCASA will be holding a town hall meeting on preventative measures on May 23rd.