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Democrat Nelson Talks Addiction, Healthcare at ARAD

One statewide candidate was in town on Tuesday to discuss addiction recovery and healthcare during a stop the Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs (ARAD) center.

Justin Nelson, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, stopped in on Tuesday afternoon to tour the ARAD facility in Amarillo and to discuss addiction recovery in Texas. Following his tour, Nelson spoke to supporters outside of the center about his plan for tackling difficult issues, if elected.

In an interview with the Amarillo Pioneer, Nelson said that he believes that changes are needed in the way the Attorney General's Office has been dealing with addiction.

"I don't think [Attorney General Ken Paxton] is doing enough," Nelson said. "We need more than lip service when dealing with these issues."

Nelson proposed suing opioid manufacturers, putting more "emphasis" on treatment and forming a task force to deal with addiction recovery as ways to tackle the difficult issue of opioid addiction. The Democrat also expressed his beliefs that those with pre-existing conditions should be protected under healthcare legislation.

"We need to do better," Nelson said.

Justin Nelson is the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general in the November election. Nelson is facing Republican incumbent Ken Paxton and Libertarian Michael Ray Harris in the November election.

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Nelson  Photo by Susman Godfrey, LLP


Photo by Susman Godfrey, LLP

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