The national opioid epidemic is beginning to reach Bexar County. In an effort to confront this public health emergency head-on, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, and University Health System convened the Joint Opioid Task Force in the summer of 2017. The interagency public-private collaboration is seeking to decrease the number of opioid deaths in Bexar County and develop strategies to address the opioid crisis in a comprehensive manner.
The Joint Opioid Task Force- which includes representatives from the law enforcement, public health, treatment, and school district communities- will meet for one year and provide recommendations to the Bexar County Commissioners Court, San Antonio City Council, and UHS Board of Managers in September 2018.
The task force is focusing on four key initiatives:
Increasing the use of overdose reversal drugs by first responders
Improved provider training on evidence-based prescribing and dispensing of opioid-based pharmaceutical products
Increasing access to and awareness of treatment options
Improving community education on the safe disposal of prescribed drugs and the effects of prescription opioids and heroin.