Lt. Gov. Patrick Appoints Dr. Denise Wilkes to Texas Opioid Abatement Council


“Funds recovered by Texas from statewide opioid settlement agreements must be spent wisely to address the opioid crisis hurting our communities." 

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of Dr. Denise Wilkes of Kemah, Texas to the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council earlier today.

Upon making the appointment, Lt. Gov. Patrick said:

“I have full confidence that Dr. Wilkes will be a responsible steward of the money from these settlements, and will recommend strategies that best address the ongoing crisis. 

"Funds recovered by Texas from statewide opioid settlement agreements must be spent wisely to address the opioid crisis hurting our communities,” said Lt. Gov. Patrick.

Dr. Denise Wilkes, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and is a member of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and the Texas Pain Society.

Dr. Wilkes eceived her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council was created to manage the distribution of money allocated to the council from the opioid abatement trust in accordance with a statewide opioid settlement agreement, and ensures money recovered is allocated fairly and spent to remediate the opioid crisis in Texas.

The council is tasked with submitting an annual report to the legislature detailing all expenditures made during the previous fiscal year.



 
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