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.
Opioid abuse resources:
Texas Medical Association
National Institute for Health Care Management