Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse

Let's get serious for a moment and talk about how you can talk and learn about the best ways to prevent prescription drug misuse statewide as well as in your community.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is conducting a series of regional town hall meetings to discuss best practices and solutions to this growing problem.

"The goal of the Town Halls is to develop a statewide strategic plan and community-based social marketing/public education plan to increase awareness of prescription drug misuse, the need for a coordinated approach, and promote increased use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data," the commission said in a statement.

In May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Texas will receive more than $27 million to combat opioid addiction. We told you about that because we're committed to keeping you informed.

But you don't need us to tell you that prescription drug abuse is a problem: Of the more than 33,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States in 2015, 1,186 were in Texas, according to the commission. That's a rate of 4.7 per 100,000 people, way up from 1.5 per 100,000 in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So if you're now wondering how you can make your voice heard, check out the three meetings planned around the state: 

  • San Antonio: 2 to 5 pm on Tuesday, July 18, Oblate Whitley Theological Center, 285 Oblate Dr.;
  • Beaumont: 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, July 19, MCM Elegante Hotel, 2355 Interstate 10 South; and
  • Weslaco: 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, July 25, Weslaco City Hall, Economic Development Corp., 255 S. Kansas Ave.

You can just show up if you wish to attend, or you can register online.

Action, July 17, 2017

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July 17, 2017