Together, Texans are fighting the opioid crisis.

If you or someone you love is struggling with opioids, treatment is available and recovery is possible. Watch this two-minute video to learn what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from opioid misuse, overdose and addiction. 

One in four Texans has experienced an opioid overdose or knows someone who has.

Based on results from panel surveys conducted in 2020 and 2021 with a total of 3,347 adult participants throughout the state of Texas. Participants were selected to reflect current Texas demographics, including age, gender and ethnicity.

Opioids & Misuse 

Opioids are a type of medication used to reduce pain. Prescription opioids, such as Vicodin®, Ultram®, Oxycontin® or Percocet®, are one way to safely manage severe pain when taken as directed by a doctor. 

However, misusing prescription opioids can put you at risk of physical dependence, addiction, overdose and death. Misusing your medications means taking more than you were prescribed, taking someone else’s medication and any non-medical use.


Learn About Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin. It is a major contributor to accidental drug overdose deaths in Texas. Learn more about fentanyl and how you can protect yourself, your family and your fellow Texans.

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Talking About Prescription Opioid Misuse

If you are concerned that a friend or family member may be misusing prescription opioids, it’s time to speak up. Find guidance for navigating a challenging but potentially life-saving conversation.

Community Leader Toolkit

Download materials to educate your community about prescription opioids and promote awareness of the Texas Targeted Opioid Response initiative.


For anyone struggling with opioid addiction, help is available. Find prevention, treatment and recovery resources near you. If you or someone else needs immediate medical attention, call 9-1-1.

Texas Takes Action

Learn how the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is addressing the opioid crisis to protect the health and safety of all Texans.