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Executive Updates

Executive Updates
from Dr. Byington

January 2019: Health Science Center joins national fight to end opioid epidemic

Faculty, staff and students,

I’m excited to share that the Texas A&M University Health Science Center has joined the national fight to end the opioid epidemic, partnering with the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance for their campaign  “The Opioid Epidemic: Empowering Community Action.”

The campaign aims to highlight the commitment of government agencies, nonprofits, universities, private industry and the AMA Alliance community to work towards solutions on the most pressing issues in combatting the opioid epidemic. The campaign will be promoted through the AMA Alliance to more than 50 partner organizations across the nation at the community, state and national levels—including the AMA community. The Health Science Center’s interprofessional Opioid Task Force is featured in the video launching the national effort.

Please take a moment to watch the video, which does a great job of showcasing our task force including our student ambassadors who work to address this public health crisis through research, education and community outreach. Importantly, as mentioned in the video, the Health Science Center is now the first institution in the nation to commit to train every health professions student to administer naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose and save lives. We can all be proud of the work of our Opioid Task Force and their dedication to our core values of excellence, leadership, and selfless service to reduce deaths from opioids, to eliminate the stigma associated with seeking treatment, while also empowering the next generation of health care professionals to become advocates for naloxone administration. 

For more information on the Opioid Task Force, or to become involved, visit:  tamhsc.edu/opioids.

Thank you,

Carrie L. Byington, MD