TMA Opioid Resources

  • Physicians Call for Better Access to Naloxone, Treatment Programs for Opioids

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    A surge in accidental opioid overdose deaths in Texas is showing no signs of slowing down, and Texas physicians advocate that increasing the availability of life-saving, overdose-reversing drugs like naloxone, as well as addiction treatment programs, can help.

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  • State Launches $23 Million Substance Use Disorder Prevention Effort

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    A new $23 million public awareness campaign from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will focus on “reducing stigma, building community connection and resilience, and changing social norms to prevent substance use.” How the money's being used.

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  • Texas Secures More Than $1 Billion as Part of Opioid Settlement

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    Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced Texas’ share of the Global Opioid Litigation Settlement Agreement, which includes more than $1 billion from three major drug distributors. The settlement, involving 52 U.S. states and territories, was signed in July 2021.

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  • Overdoses Still Climb Despite Big Drop in Prescription Opioids

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    The number of opioid prescriptions has dropped 44% since 2011, yet there are still more drug-related overdose deaths than ever – a clear sign policymakers should work to remove barriers to care for patients, according to the American Medical Association’s 2021 Overdose Epidemic Report.

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  • Your Video Guide to Texas' New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    In an effort to address the very real and debilitating crisis caused by the misuse of pain medicines, the Texas Legislature has passed legislation to mandate that all prescribers and pharmacists check the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before prescribing or dispensing certain medications.

    NOTE: The mandate is effective Sept. 1, 2019, for prescribers and pharmacists. It applies to opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and carisoprodol (Soma), not to all controlled substances.

    To help physicians set up accounts and use the new PDMP website Allison Benz, executive director of the Texas Pharmacy Board. demonstrates the new site in this brief, informative TMA-produced video. This five-minute video shows physicians how to set up, use and navigate the site.

     

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