Opioid Education and Prevention Program
In spring 2019, TMAA hosted an Opioid Education Symposium featuring speakers with firsthand experience with addiction and substance abuse: Carlos F. Tirado, MD, clinical associate professor at UT Austin Dell Medical School and President of the Texas Society of Addiction Medicine; Mark Kinzly, co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI) and member of the Board of Directors at the National Harm Reduction Coalition; and Susan Hoemke, mother, public speaker, and the author of Healing Scarred Hearts.
As part of the symposium, each attendee received an opioid education and prevention toolkit to begin the process of educating their family, neighbors, and community about addiction. TMAA's goal is to educate the Family of Medicine on how to recognize and treat addiction, then help them extend that education to their community. TMAA toolkits contain educational brochures and DVD (co-branded with AMAA) and drug deactivation kits (Dispose RX and Deterra) to distribute within the community.
If you would like to implement the program within your community, contact Pam Udall.
Opioid abuse resources:
Texas Medical Association
National Institute for Health Care Management
Currently being piloted in several counties, the Texas BookShare program partners with nonprofit The Leaders Readers Network to obtain donations of health-related books for children. The county alliance then partners with a local clinic to have doctors "prescribe" the books to their child patients, helping to educate them on the importance of healthy eating, exercise, and more. If you'd like to know how to start your own BookShare program in your county, contact Pam Udall.