Posted: July 1, 2019

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: An Interprofessional Approach

Description: Interjecting concepts of harm reduction to include training on opioid overdose and naloxone administration into the culture of the Texas A&M Health Science Center by 1) establishing an interprofessional task force 2) establishing student opioid task force ambassadors 3) aggresively targeting collaboration with community partners 4) establishing interprofessional research teams across the univesity.

Approach: Developing an interprofessional task force across the health science center for the purpose of providing a collaborative effort to address a public health emergency that includes students, and provides opportunities for advocacy, prevention, community education, interventions, research and treatment with interprofessional student engagement.

Implementation: Describe the process and give examples of Texas A&M Opioid Task Force community engagement, how we developed the intense community partnerships necessary to develop meaningful “boots on the ground” interventions that are sensitive to the needs of our resources to fight the Opioid Epidemic, and provide service to under-served populations. With help of student ambassadors, 1300 law enforcement and first responders trained to date.

Future: Plan to engage every Texas A&M Health Science Center student in the Texas A&M system by providing opioid overdose education and naloxone administration training.

Keywords

Harm Reduction, Addiction Medicine, Community Collaboration, Interprofessional Engagement, Opioid Overdose, Opioid Crisis, Naloxone

Authors

Joy P. Alonzo, MEng, PharmD, Texas A&M Health Science Center

Carrie Byington, MD, Texas A&M University System


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