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The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks ago. He's now in a residential unit for at least 30 days.

David Martin Davies

Texas is no stranger to the ongoing opioid epidemic seen across the country. And that is one of the reasons why state lawmakers are trying to determine what laws might be necessary to break the cycle of abuse.

David Martin Davies

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control drug overdosing is the top cause of death in America for those under 50 years of age.

The opioid epidemic continues to grow worse and that is also true for Texas.

Mark Kinzly is the co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initive (TONI) and he's is seeing how street heroin spiked with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are causing more people to overdose.

Texas Matters Host David Martin Davies asked Kinzly how bad is the opioid crisis in Texas.