TMA Opioid Resources

  • Changing the Conversation about Addiction

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    Drug addiction is a chronic medical disease, and stigma about it is keeping millions of Americans – including the growing number who suffer with opioid addiction – from getting proper medical treatment, one of the nation’s foremost addiction specialists told the closing general session audience at TexMed 2019 in Dallas.

    The Severity of the Spread of Opioid Abuse  
  • What Do Opioids, MOC, and Lawsuits Have in Common?

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    Texas’ new opioid prescribing rules, board certification, and lawsuits top the list of popular topics that Texas Medicine Today covered this year. Want to know what else intrigued Texas physicians in 2018?

    Check Out the List of Our Top 10 Most Read Stories  
  • Texas Gets $46 Million to Fight Opioid Abuse

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    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the Texas Health and Human Services Commission $46.2 million to expand treatment options and to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.

    Texas Gets Federal Boost
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  • Are You Ready for Changes to Opioid Prescribing in Texas?

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    In case you didn’t know, several changes to the state’s prescription process for certain controlled substances are about to take place.

    More About the Changes and the Effective Date  
  • Evidence-Based Practices for Substance Use Disorder

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    Substance use disorders (SUD) are serious, chronic medical conditions that are manageable with the proper medical treatment and social support.

    More About What SUD Is and How to Manage It  
  • 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.

     

  • Opioid Legislative One Pagers 

    The state legislature convened an interim special committee to discuss opioids. TMA shared the following information with the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 22, 2018, addressing several issues related to opioids, including disposal and maternal health.

     
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