Opioid abuse is a growing problem

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter was joined by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Tim Downing at a press conference to announce legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.

The commission will be created by Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, authored by Sen. Griffin and Rep. Downing.

According to the resolution, the nine-member committee is chaired by Hunter and members will study, evaluate and make recommendations for changes to state policy, rules or statutes to better combat opioid abuse in Oklahoma.

Members will present proposed recommendations for legislation to Governor Mary Fallin, Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz and Speaker of the House of Representatives Charles McCall by Dec. 1.

Hunter said Oklahomans are dying and the state must present a unified front and bring multiple stakeholders in to find ways to reverse the nightmarish trend.

“Oklahoma is currently in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic that is reaching a crisis level,” Hunter said. “Over the last three years there have been 2,684 reported opioid related deaths in the state. “This commission will chart a path forward by looking at every avenue to save lives.”