Texas Health and Human Services launches opioid misuse prevention website

Texas Health and Human Services recently launched a website to promote Texas Targeted Opioid Response (TTOR), the state’s public health campaign to combat opioid addiction and overdose.

The website, TXopioidresponse.org, features resources, information, and videos in English and Spanish on what opioid medications are, how they affect the body, safe opioid use, pain management, and the danger of misusing prescription opioids.

Nearly 80 percent of heroin users report misusing prescription opioids before trying heroin.

In the United States, 128 people die daily from prescription or illicit opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“One in five Texans has experienced an opioid overdose or know someone who has,” Kasey Strey, Texas Health and Human Services Commission TTOR director, said. “We are dedicated to preventing prescription opioid misuse, overdoses, and opioid use disorder. With awareness of the risks and how to take medications safely, Texans can prevent opioid misuse and help put an end to the opioid crisis.”

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission operates TTOR using funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

TTOR has expanded access to opioid prevention, intervention, and treatment. It also provides long term recovery support to Texans with opioid use disorder.

Melina Druga

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